HONOLULU – Trevor Podratz hit UH’s first homer of the season, Marc Flores had two hits and two runs but it wasn’t enough as the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior baseball team lost 7-4 in its series opener to Nevada on Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium.
Kaeo Aliviado added two hits and two runs for the ‘Bows (7-10) and Austin Wobrock added two hits and one run. Matt Cooper allowed two runs on three hits in another solid start but did not factor in the decision in six complete innings of work. Andrew Jones (0-1) was credited with the loss in one and one third innings of relief.
Austin Byler had two hits to lead Nevada (8-9), none bigger than his three-RBI triple to break a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning. The ‘Bows led by two runs heading into the inning before the Wolf Pack reversed their fortunes with five runs in the inning. Jordan Devencenzi had two hits and two runs and Trenton Brooks added a pair of hits and a run. Evan McMahan (1-0) earned the win in 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
After threatening in the second inning, Hawai’i scored a pair of runs to take a 2-0 lead after three innings of play. LJ Brewster‘s sac bunt moved Wobrock to third and Aliviado to second before Flores drove both runners in with a single to right field.
The Wolf Pack evened the game up just one-half inning later on a TJ Friedl (1 H, 2 RBI) two-run single. Cooper nearly got out of the jam, striking out Kyle Hunt (1 R) then working a two-strike count on Friedl before his game-tying single.
Podratz had a response of his own, drilling a 3-1 offering over the left field wall and then one inning later collecting an RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The series continues on Saturday. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. at Les Murakami Stadium.
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*