HONOLULU – Stephen Ventimilia had three hits including a double but it came in a losing effort as the University of Hawai’i Rainbow baseball team was swept by Cal State Northridge with a 10-4 loss on Sunday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium.
Josh Goossen-Brown’s three-run homer off Rainbow reliever Max Duval capped five runs over the final two innings for the Matadors (22-17, 8-4 BWC), sending Hawai’i (8-27, 3-9 BWC) to its fourth series sweep and second in the Big West Conference.
Ventimilia (3-5, 2 RBI) reached base on all his plate appearances but was caught stealing in the first inning and gunned down in the third trying to get two bases out of Pi’ikea Kitamura’s (1 H) sac bunt attempt.
Corey MacDonald (4-4) worked eight complete innings in the losing effort. He gave up five earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. The Matadors threw seven pitchers on the hill with Brandon Warner (1-0) earning the win in two innings of work.
Nate Ring batted 3-4 with two runs and one RBI to lead Northridge with Goossen-Brown adding two runs and four RBI.
Northridge opened the scoring with a run in the second inning but the ‘Bows evened the game just one-half inning later. Kalei Hanawahine (2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI) scored Conner George (2-3, 2 R) from third on an RBI ground out to second base.
Both teams added a run in the third inning before Northridge put three on the board in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead. CSUN posted three straight hits in the inning with Chester Pak (1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI) scoring on some savvy base running.
UH slowly got back in the game as Ventimilia doubled in a run in the fifth inning and Trevor Podratz drove home Hanawahine in a pinch hitting at bat to cut the Matador lead to just one run at 5-4. CSUN put an end to the Rainbow rally, however, with two runs in the eighth and Goossen-Brown’s homer in the ninth.
The ‘Bows next host fourth-ranked Cal State Fullerton for three Big West games at Les Murakami Stadium. The series kicks of Friday night at 6:35 p.m.
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*