LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Rainbows put the tying run on third base in the eighth and ninth innings but failed to score, as the University of Hawai’i baseball team lost its series finale against Long Beach State 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Blair Field.
Kalei Hanawahine batted 2-3 with one run and one RBI for the Rainbows (12-33, 7-14 Big West) with Marc Flores posting his team-leading 10th double and scoring a run. Matt Cooper (2-7) was hit with the loss in six complete innings of work, his longest outing in nearly a month. He allowed two earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
David Hill (4-2) pitched six innings of his own to earn the win for the Dirtbags (24-25, 11-10 Big West), giving up one earned run on five hits. Jeff McNeil had three hits and two runs with Juan Avila adding a pair of runs of his own.
LBSU opened the scoring with a run in the first inning, but the ‘Bows plated a pair in the second to take a 2-1 lead. Flores led off the inning with a double and scored on a Hanawahine base hit. Hanawahine later took advantage of a fielding error by Dirtbag second baseman Colton Vaughn (0-2) and scored from second base.
Long Beach State evened the game in the bottom of the second inning then broke the stalemate with a run in the sixth. McNeil led off with a base hit then stole second and advanced to third on a Trevor Podratz (1-4) throwing error from behind the plate. Avila fouled out to left field but it was good enough to bring home McNeil for the go ahead run.
The ‘Bows had a golden opportunity to tie the game in both the eighth and ninth innings. With two outs in the eighth, Kaeo Aliviado reached on an error, then Conner George‘s (1-4) base hit put runners at the corners for Flores. Flores was unable to produce, however, grounding out to end the inning. One inning later Wobrock came to the plate with two outs and Alan Baldwin on third and also grounded out.
The Rainbows will play their final home series next weekend when they host UC Davis for three Big West games at Les Murakami Stadium.