HONOLULU – In front of a sold out crowd at Les Murakami Stadium, the University of Hawai’i Rainbow baseball team moved within one win of its first series sweep, beating UC Davis 6-2 on Saturday night at Les Murakami Stadium.
Corey MacDonald (7-5) solidified a winning record on the mound for the ‘Bows (14-33, 9-14 Big West) with one start remaining. He tossed seven and one-third innings allowing two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Lawrence Chew picked up his third save in one and two-thirds innings of scoreless work.
Austin Wobrock had two hits, one run, and three RBI for the Rainbows, who will look to sweep UC Davis on Sunday in their home finale. Wobrock was also stellar on the defensive end, twice robbing Aggie runners from stretching hits with spot on relay throws. Kalei Hanawahine had two hits and three runs and Adam Hurley had a hit and two RBI.
Spencer Koopmans (1-8) was tagged with the loss for the Aggies (19-33, 5-18 Big West), giving up three runs on seven hits in six and one-third innings of work.
The ‘Bows scored a pair of runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to win going away. UC Davis took the lead on a solo homerun by Cameron Olsen (1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI) in the seventh inning, but UH responded in the bottom half of the inning when Wobrock smacked a doubled inside the bag at third base, scoring Hanawahine from second to tie the game. Stephen Ventimilia (1 H, 1 RBI) then welcomed Aggie reliever Craig Lanza with an RBI single.
UH added its fourth run one inning later when reliever Patrick Hennessey issued a bases load walk to Hurley, forcing in Trevor Podratz (1 R) from third to give the ‘Bows a two-run cushion. Wobrock then busted the game open when he knocked home Conner George and Hanawahine to push the lead to 6-2.
First pitch of Sunday’s series finale is set for 1:05 p.m. Following the game, the eight Rainbow seniors will be honored for their contributions to Rainbow baseball.
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*