Rainbows shutout by #3 CSU-Fullerton in series finale

Kalei Hanawahine // Hawaii Athletics
Kalei Hanawahine // Hawaii Athletics

HONOLULU – For the second straight day the Rainbows ran into a dominant pitching performance, as the University of Hawai’i baseball team lost its series finale 3-0 to No. 4 Cal State Fullerton on Sunday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium.

Hawai’i (9-29, 4-11 Big West) was shut out for the second straight day and managed just two hits off Grahmm Wiest (7-2) who worked eight complete innings for the win. Corey MacDonald (4-5) was tagged with the loss allowing three runs on seven hits in eight strong innings of his own.

Marc Flores and Kalei Hanawahine account for UH’s two hits.

Fullerton (36-7, 12-3 Big West) scored a run in the second inning and two more in the fourth in improving to 36-7 and 12-3 in league play. Matt Chapman (1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI) reach on a base on balls in the second inning then advanced to third on the next at bat off a MacDonald wild pitch. MacDonald forced Chad Wallach to ground into a double play, but Chapman scored to give CSF a 1-0 lead.

Chapman keyed CSF’s second two runs when he doubled in Michael Lorenzen (3-4, 1 R) in the fourth inning then tagged up and scored from third in Wallach’s sacrifice fly.

The ‘Bows made a handful of solid defensive plays to stay within striking distance. In the sixth inning, Lorenzen advanced to third on MacDonald’s second wild pitch. Stephen Ventimilia then fielded a sharp grounder from Jake Jeffries (1-3) and threw out a streaking Lorenzen at home.

The ‘Bows held the Titans scoreless through the final five innings but were never able to get things started at the plate. Only once did they have a runner in scoring position when Hanawahine singled and advanced to second on a balk in the fifth inning

The Rainbows now head out on their second Big West road swing. They will play seven games in 10 days for the second time this season beginning with a three-game series at Pacific.

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