Appel Matches Cherished Stanford Record

Mark Appel is the newest Stanford strikeout king, and his Cardinal team flashed notable grit during Friday's wild 9-8 win in chilly, windy Berkeley. Read on as Stanford baseball shoots to end 2013 on a high note, and listen to Appel's record-breaking moment exclusively on The Bootleg.



Stanford ace Mark Appel threw a hard, biting slider past California's Chris Paul Friday night, moving him into a three-way tie atop the Cardinal career strikeout list alongside Kyle Peterson (1995-1997) and Justin Wayne (1998-2000). Each member of the trio sits at 363 punchouts in their respective Stanford careers. Mark Marquess removed Appel shortly after his record-tying strikeout, setting him up to break the record and three-way tie in his final home start next Friday against UCLA at Sunken Diamond. Here's the radio broadcast of the moment:



Stanford overcame four errors and a nearly disastrous three-run Cal ninth inning to hold on for a 9-8 win in the Cardinal's first-ever game under the lights at Evans Diamond. The Bears installed the illumination earlier this season along with a new scoreboard, which Stanford catcher Wayne Taylor christened when he clobbered one of his two opposite field home run balls off right off of it.

Stanford reversed the trend of its previous six-game losing streak and displayed a spirited offensive fight on Friday that featured excellent situational attacks. It may be too little, too late for this club as far as its 2013 postseason hopes go, but a win over an archrival -- on a historic night, no less -- is always invaluable. The game certainly meant a lot to Bears coach (and former Stanford player) David Esquer, who was steamed after his team's late comeback fell short.

"We're going to win this game in the future," Esquer stewed in an interview Cal Sports Digest's Ryan Gorcey. "You will see the biggest program turnaround in my 14 years, because we're probably as bad as I've been in 14 years. I will get this program back to where it belongs, back to where we have been before. There's going to be a 180."

Stanford hopes that Friday's wild win sparks a 180-degree turnaround of their own immediately. Six games remain in the 2013 regular season, and this talented ballclub would certainly like to wrap up the campaign on a good note. Along those lines, a big opening night in Berkeley was a step in the right direction.

David Lombardi is the Stanford Insider for The Bootleg and FOX Sports Next. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com and follow him on Twitter @DavidMLombardi.

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