Rainbows fall to CSU-Northridge, lose third straight BWC series

Matt Cooper/Hawai'i Athletics

HONOLULU – Kalei Hanawahine had a pair of doubles and two RBI, but it wasn’t enough as the University of Hawai’i Rainbow baseball team lost to Cal State Northridge for the second straight day, 9-4 on Saturday night at Les Murakami Stadium. UH fell to 8-26 overall and 3-8 in the Big West Conference.

Matt Cooper (2-5) pitched five and one-third innings. He allowed a season-high 10 hits and was charged with seven earned runs, also a season high. He was lifted for Lawrence Chew who allowed two runs on four hits in his three and two-thirds innings of work.

Hanawahine led the ‘Bows with a perfect 3-3 hitting performance while also adding one run and two RBI. Pi’ikea Kitamura recorded a pair of hits and an RBI, and Austin Wobrock added one hit, one run, and one RBI.

Calvin Copping earned the win for Northridge (21-17, 7-4 BWC) surrendering four runs on four hits in five and two-thirds innings. DJ Milam pitch one and one-third scoreless innings for the save.

Northridge was led by monster games from Josh Goossen-Brown who batted 3-5 for one run and three RBI, and Chester Pak with his three hits and two runs.

The Matadors opened the scoring in the second inning with back-to-back doubles by Pak and Alexis Mercado (2 H, 2 RBI), but the ‘Bows countered with a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead. Hanawahine ripped a double down the right field line to score Andre Real (1 H, 1 R) and Wobrock.

It was in the third inning, though, that Northridge grabbed control of the game. The Matadors put together five straight hits and put four runs on the scoreboard to take a 5-2 lead. Kyle Attl (1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI) doubled home Nicolas Osuna (2 H, 2 R) from second to tie the game as CSUN batted the order in the inning.

Hanawahine scored on a Kitamura sac fly in the fifth inning, and Flores added another run when he raced home from second off a Wobrock hit, narrowly beating Mercado’s tag at the plate. Northridge, though, added three more runs in the sixth to put the ‘Bows away.

UH and CSUN play their series finale on Sunday. First pitch at Les Murakami Stadium is set for 1:05 p.m.

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