PALO ALTO, CA - The Arizona Wildcats fell in the series finale versus Stanford on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond.
The Cardinal completed the three-game sweep of the Wildcats (27-15, 9-12), who dropped a sixth consecutive game in conference play.
The Cats avoided a shutout when JJ Matijevic homered in the ninth inning. It was Matijevic's team-leading seventh home run of the season.
Arizona starter Cody Deason (3-2) took the loss allowing three earned runs on eight hits in five innings.
Reliever Robby Medel continued his stellar work out of the UA bullpen. Medel tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and hasn't given up an earned run since his first appearance of the season against Eastern Kentucky in the team's first series of the year in February.
Stanford's Chris Castellanos (7-1) went eight innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out 12 on 122 pitches.
The 12 strikeouts established a new career high for the senior left-hander.
Tyler Thorne came on to pitch the ninth and earn the save.
Arizona will look to rebound Monday afternoon at Santa Clara. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. The Cats will then return home to host Washington for a three-game series starting Friday.
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