VIDEO: Matt Ruff gets the decisive hit in Cal's 1-0 shutout of San Francisco

BERKELEY -- Cal blanked San Francisco 1-0 on Tuesday on an RBI single from Matt Ruff and six different pitchers at Evans Diamond.

BERKELEY -- California designated hitter Matt Ruff cashed in a daring seventh-inning bunt from sophomore Tanner Dodson to win a 1-0 squeaker against San Francisco on Tuesday. Six different Bears took the mound against the Dons, including freshman lefty Arman Sabouri (2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K, 1 HBP, 32 pitches, 21 strikes), sophomore righty Aaron Shortridge (2.0 IP, 1 H, 20 pitches, 11 strikes), lefty Zayne Patino (1.2 IP, BB, K, 21 pitches, 11 strikes), team appearances leader Andrew Buckley (W, 1.1 IP, K, 18 pitches, 11 strikes), Dodson himself (1.0 IP, K, 12 pitches, 7 strikes) and finally closer Erik Martinez, who earned his sixth save with a 1.0-inning outing, walking 2 and throwing 17 pitches, 7 for strikes.

Martinez now has 15 saves in the past three seasons, six away from the program career record, 21 by Mitch Hawley from 1978-1981. Last year, Martinez, who's on the midseason Stopper of the Year Watch List, had 8 saves, 2 shy of the program record for a single season, shared by Jesse Ingram (2004) and Trevor Hildenberger (2014).

The side-arming Buckley has allowed just 2 earned runs in his last 9.0 innings of work, lowering his ERA to 3.66 in 19.2 innings over 18 appearances.

Cal got stellar defense from third baseman Denis Karas, and at shortstop from freshman Cameron Eden, who has committed just 3 errors in his last 11 games (149 chances), good for a .980 fielding percentage.

The Bears also got a leaping grab in left field by freshman Max Flower.

Cal, at 21-21 overall and 12-9 in Pac-12 play, face a gauntlet to end the season, heading to Corvallis for a sold-out series against national No. 1 and Pac-12 leader Oregon State. The Beavers (34-4, 18-3) own the best staff ERA in the league, at a microscopic 1.91, striking out 320 batters to just 105 walks.


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