Chris Castellanos pitched 7 2/3 strong innings, Alex Dunlap drove in a pair of runs and the Stanford baseball team downed visiting califo, 6-4, in Pac-12 Conference action Saturday night.
Stanford (23-19, 10-11 Pac-12) also clinched the season series with Cal, 3-2, as the two teams split their two non-conference matchups.
The Bears (25-18, 11-13) have not won a season series in the rivalry since 2008.
Cal opened the scoring withan unearned run in the third inning but Stanford tied the game in the bottom of the inning with some impressive base running from junior Jack Klein.
The Cardinal centerfielder was at second when a double play ball was set to end the inning. The Bears got an out at second but the throw to first pulled the first baseman off the bag. Klein rounded third and sprinted home. The Bears did not react fast enough and Klein slid home safely.
The Cardinal took a 5-1 lead in the fourth, sending 10 men to the plate. Dunlap singled home Quinn Brodey with one out to give Stanford the lead. Moments later, Klein drew a bases loaded walk, sophomore catcher Bryce Carteradded an RBI ground out, and Matt Winaker plated another run with a two-out, opposite field single.
Castellanos, who shut out No. 10 Oregon State through 6 1/3 nnings in his last start, breezed through the first six innings against the Bears.
Cal cut the lead in half in the seventh. Aaron Knapp scored shortly after he tripled, and the Bears then added another unearned run.
Stanford got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning. Tommy Edman and Brodey each singled, and Dunlap added his second RBI single of the night for a 6-3 edge.
Castellanos came out for the eighth and retired the first two hitters. But a single and RBI double made it 6-4, and ended his night allowing two earned runs and no walks.
Tyler Thorne entered with the tying run at the plate, but got a ground out to end the eighth. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his third save of the year.:
Dunlap has reached base in 17 straight games, extending the longest streak of the season for a Cardinal.
Stanford rallied from an early deficit only to fall short in a 6-5 loss to host Arizona State Saturday in Pac-12 Conference action.
Kaitlin Schaberg and Bessie Noll each hit a home run for the Cardinal (13-31, 0-20 Pac-12), and Haley Snyder (7-12) had a nice outing in the circle to keep Stanford within striking distance.
Snyder threw her ninth complete game of the season, permitting six runs on 10 hits and three walks with one strikeout.
Noll provided the defensive highlight of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Arizona State's Chelsea Gonzales hit a long fly ball near the warning track in center field with runners on first and second.
Noll made the catch then fired a dart to third base to get the runner on second trying to tag up on the play.
Stanford's defense played well overall on the day with several players making quality plays during the contest.
Arizona State grabbed a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, all with two outs. Nikki Girard hit an RBI-single up the middle then Katee Aguirre followed with a three-run home run.
Stanford recovered in the top of the third with four runs. Noll hit an RBI-single to score Molly Fowkes from third.
Schaberg followed with a three-run home run to left field to knot the score at 4. It is her first homer since her freshman year when she hit two.
The Sun Devils rallied for a run in the bottom half of the third inning to retake the lead, 5-4, and added an insurance run in the fourth.
The extra Arizona State run in the bottom of the fourth proved to be the difference.
Noll hit a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the top of the fifth inning to cut Arizona State's lead to 6-5. It is Noll's seventh home run of the season and first since returning from a midseason injury that kept her off the field for a month.
The Cardinal looks to take the series finale Sunday at 2 p.m.