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Postseason hopes raised

After a crushing six-game losing streak, with five of them coming at Sunken Diamond, Stanford found life again on the road. The Cardinal outhit the Golden Bears to sweep Cal in Berkeley, mounting a late-season charge in the hopes of a postseason berth.

On Friday night, senior starting pitcher Mark Appel tied the Stanford career strikeouts record en route to a 9-8 victory in his final start against the Cardinal’s cross-Bay rival.

Slater propels Card past Cal with three-run blast

After a series victory at Washington State to turn its recent skid around, the rejuvenated Cardinal (14-9, 3-3 Pac-12) returned to the friendly confines of Sunken Diamond on Monday night for a weeknight matchup against Cal (16-13, 5-4 Pac-12). Despite the bats falling close to completely silent against Golden Bear pitchers that had been struggling…