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California 5, Stanford 3

BERKELEY, Calif. - Tanner Dodson did a little bit of everything, Erik Martinez turned in another impressive long relief performance and the Cal baseball team finished its three-game series against No. 10 Stanford with a satisfying victory as the Bears dropped the Cardinal by a count of 5-3 on a chilly night at Evans Diamond.

Making his first start on the mound since late March, Dodson wasted no time reminding Cal fans of the electric stuff that made him the Bears' opening day starter. He struck out the first two hitters he faced and, by the time he departed in the fourth inning, the right-hander owned a career-high seven strikeouts on the evening.

Dodson also left the game with the lead thanks to a three-run second inning. An RBI single by Jonah Davis, another RBI single by Preston Grand Pre and a Stanford error helped stake Cal (22-26, 13-14 Pac-12) to a 3-0 advantage.

Stanford (33-14, 15-9) hit the scoreboard with a run in the fourth and eventually tied the game at three on an RBI single by Matt Winaker in the sixth inning. Cal had the answer in the bottom of the inning though and it was Dodson again in the middle of the action as the sophomore led off the inning with a triple that glanced off center fielder Jack Klein's glove and scored on a ground out by Tyrus Greene.

From that point forward, the game was Martinez's to close and the right-hander delivered a performance reminiscent of his work at Washington just a few weeks earlier. The junior pitched the final four innings, striking out two while scattering three hits and three walks, and ended the game with a strikeout of Klein. The effort earned Martinez his fourth win of the season and gave the Bears their first win of the year over a ranked opponent.

Cal added a valuable insurance run in the seventh to close out the scoring and Dodson was again the catalyst, this time driving in Jeffrey Mitchell, Jr. with a two-out, RBI single to put Cal ahead 5-3. He finished the night 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored as he led an 11-hit effort by the Bears.

"After that first extra-inning game on Friday and we had two leads yesterday that we couldn't hold, it's that close," Cal head coach David Esquer said. "I think that's the message to our guys. They're that close to flipping a one out of three into a two out of three. We've got to be able to come through to do it."

California athletics

May 15, 2017

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