Chris Castellanos, Stanford

Chris Castellanos has been outstanding on Sundays for the Cardinal. (Shotgun Spratling)


Stanford Notches Another Series Sweep


STANFORD, Calif. — When Arizona leadoff hitter Jared Oliva drove Chris Castellanos second pitch of the game to center field, Stanford pitching coach grew concerned even though Jack Klein tracked down the fly ball.

“I’m thinking, ‘Okay, this could be a bad day,’” Filter said. “I’m always nervous — a day game, the wind is blowing out and he’s usually a fly ball pitcher.”

The air was warm and the center field flags never settled into a still position. Head coach Mark Marquess said Saturday afternoon’s game was “a hitters’ day” with Sunken Diamond being “as live as you’re going to get it.” He had his own worries.

The bother was unnecessary. Castellanos baffled the Wildcats lineup, producing a career performance. He led the No. 20 Cardinal to its eighth straight win, finishing off a sweep of No. 12 Arizona with a 3-1 victory.

Castellanos’ fly balls never became a concern because he was too busy striking the Wildcats out. He had only struck out more than five batters once this season, but against Arizona (27-15, 9-12), he struck out every batter in the lineup. Castellanos racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts, four more than his previous mark, which he set against Texas this season.

The soft-tossing senior lefthander kept the Wildcats off balance with a mix of slow, slower and slowest. Trying to break free of their recent offensive skid, the Wildcats were impatiently aggressive. The first time through the lineup Castellanos threw 27 strikes. Arizona swung at 18. It did not get a hit.

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