Tony Renda singled home Mike Reuvekamp with two outs in the top of the 18th inning and Cal baseball beat No. 14 Stanford 5-4 in a marathon at Sunken Diamond.
Reuvekamp singled to left to open the 18th and was bunted to second by Danny Oh. Renda drove in the game-winner for the Bears (28-24, 11-17 Pac-12) with a single to center.
Logan Scott pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-hit relief to get the victory. Justin Jones escaped one last comeback try by the Cardinal (37-15, 17-11) in the bottom of the 18th to earn the save and end the six-hour contest.
The victory clinched a winning season for the Bears, who play again at Stanford on Saturday and Sunday to complete their 2012 schedule.
The final rally was preceded by wild 12th-inning fireworks by both clubs.
Chadd Krist hit a two-out, two-run double in the top of the 12th, giving the Bears a 4-2 lead.
But in the bottom of the 12th, Stanford scored once off Cal’s third pitcher, Michael Lowden, who left the bases loaded for reliever Scott. Pinch-hitter Brett Michael Duran then delivered a game-tying single. The Bears sent the game to the 13th when second baseman Reuvekamp (Miramonte HS) made a relay throw home to gun down baserunner Austin Wilson at the plate.
Cal got 7 2/3 innings from starter Matt Flemer, who scattered seven hits and allowed just one run. Flemer dueled Stanford starter Mark Appel (Monte Vista HS) — regarded as possibly the No. 1 pick in the upcoming baseball draft — on even terms before giving way to reliever Joey Donofrio in the eighth. Donofrio pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit ball.
The Bears led 1-0 in the second inning when Andrew Knapp delivered an RBI double and tied the game at 2-2 after an RBI groundout by Darrel Matthews in the eighth.
– TRACK AND FIELD: Redshirt freshman Scott Esparza (Amador Valley HS) qualified for the NCAA championship meet with a mark of 206 feet, 3 inches in the hammer throw that ranked No. 5 all-time at Cal. Esparza set a personal best by more than eight feet while finishing eighth in the NCAA Regional preliminary meet at Austin, Texas.
Junior Chad Jones leaped 51-3 1/2 to qualify 11th in the triple jump.
The NCAA championships will be held June 6-9 at Des Moines, Iowa.