BERKELEY, Calif. – Three different Brown baseball players hit home runs, but California evened the score in the ninth inning and then won in the 12th frame, 4-3, as the Bears dropped Saturday's non-conference contest at Evans Diamond.
Brown moved to 3-4 on the season after the third game of the series, while California improved to 10-4 overall on Darren Baker's walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th.
Willy Homza (Anchorage, Alaska), Mark Sluys (Gig Harbor, Wash.) and Sam Grigo (Westbrook, Conn.) all hit solo home runs for the Bears. Sluys went 3-for-4 and Garett Delano (Callahan, Fla.) also added a pair of hits.
Delano went six strong innings as the starter, allowing just one unearned run and three hits, adding six strikeouts. Grant Greeno (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) was handed the loss in relief, while Arman Sabouri picked up the win for Cal behind five scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Homza opened the scoring in the top of the second when he launched a solo home run over the right field fence. Sluys added another solo homer in the top of the fourth to give the visitors a two-run lead.
Tyrus Greene put the Golden Bears on the board in the fifth inning when he reached on an error to send home Jonah Davis and trim the deficit to one. Brown took the run right back, however, as Grigo added the team's third home run of the game with a solo shot in the sixth for the two-run advantage.
After Cal added a run in the seventh, the Golden Bears evened the score in the bottom of the ninth, when Baker hit an RBI single with two outs to force extra innings. After two scoreless innings, Baker hit a walk-off home run in the 12th with a leadoff solo shot.
Brown outhit California, 8-7.
Brown and California will wrap up the four-game series tomorrow at 4 PM ET.