Mark Appel tied Stanford's career strikeout record, Wayne Taylor hit two home runs, and the Stanford baseball team held off host California, 9-8, in a Pac-12 Conference game Friday night.
Appel recorded 11 strikeouts to move into a tie with Kyle Peterson and Justin Wayne for the all-time lead of 363.
Appel (9-4) has at least one more start this season. He's scheduled to go against UCLA at Sunken Diamond next Friday night.
Against Cal, Appel went seven innings, giving up four runs on nine hits. He also walked a batter.
Appel, who also tied Bruce Fiala (1976-79) with his 27th career victory, has totaled double-digit strikeouts in seven of his 13 starts.
Stanford (27-21, 12-13) snapped its six-game skid by out-hitting Cal, 15-12, as three Cardinal players totaled as many hits.
Brian Ragira had three singles, Brant Whiting drove in two runs on three hits and two of Taylor's knocks were good for four bases. Taylor scored three times.
Chris Paul led Cal with two hits and Jacob Wark drove in three. Logan Scott (4-4) allowed four hits and two earned runs in the loss.
Cal overcame a 9-5 deficit with three runs in the ninth. Garrett Hughes induced a popup for the final out with the tying run on base.
The series resumes at 6 p.m. on Saturday.