STOCKTON, Calif. – The Rainbows broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the ninth inning as the University of Hawai’i baseball team opened its series against Pacific with a 5-2 win on Friday night at Klein Family Field.
The ‘Bows (10-29, 5-11 BWC) rallied to tie the game on a two-RBI double by Stephen Ventimilia (2 H, 2 RBI) in the seventh inning, then completed the comeback with three runs in the ninth inning. Marc Flores and Kaeo Aliviado both had three hits to lead Hawai’i who won its first road opener of the season.
Austin Wobrock (2 H, 2 R) and Trevor Podratz (2 H, 2 R) singled to open the ninth and later scored off a series of Tiger miscues. Pi’ikea Kitamura (1 H, 1 RBI) capped the scoring with an RBI-single to score Kalei Hanawahine from third.
Connor Little pitched six and two-thirds solid innings. He gave up two runs on seven hits before exiting in the seventh inning with a pair of runners on board. Lawrence Chew (2-1) came on and worked two and one-third scoreless innings for the win.
Reliever Bryce Lombardi (0-2) was the pitcher of record for Pacific (10-30, 3-13 BWC). Taylor Murphy had two hits to lead the Tigers at the plate.
Pacific struck first with two runs in the third inning. RBI-singles by Dustin Torchio (1 H, 1 RBI) and Tyler Sullivan (1 H, 1 RBI) gave the Tigers an early 2-0 lead.
The ‘Bows threatened in the sixth inning when Aliviado singled, then went to third on a hit and run base hit by Flores. Andre Real had an opportunity to drive home UH’s first run but struck out to end the inning.
Ventimilia broke the Rainbows through when he doubled in a pair of runs in the seventh inning. Wobrock and Podratz, who both singled to start the inning, came home on Ventimilia’s game-tying hit.
Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 4:00 p.m. PT (1:00 p.m. PT).