HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior baseball team suffered a major collapse tonight as Nevada scored eight ninth-inning runs to hand the ‘Bows a devastating 10-6 loss on Saturday at Les Murakami Stadium.
The ‘Bows (7-11) had a comfortable 6-2 lead before Nevada (9-9) exploded for eight runs in the ninth inning to turn the tides and rally for the win for second straight night. The big hit of the inning came early when Kewby Meyer (1 H, 1 R, 3 RBI), after Nevada had scored on a wild pitch, smoked a Jordan DePonte offering over the right field wall to tie the game. DePonte (1-2) would suffer the loss after failing to record an out in the ninth inning.
Both starters pitched deep into the game with neither factoring in the decision. Scott Squier tossed seven and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on two hits with six strikeouts. Wolf Pack starter Barry Timko allowed four earned runs in seven and one-third innings of work and at one point retired 18 straight UH hitters.
Steven Ventimilia had two hits and two runs for the ‘Bows and Marc Flores added two hits, a run, and an RBI.
Meyer’s homer wasn’t the only of the game for the Wolf Pack as Austin Byler (2 H, 2 R, 1 RBI) went yard off Squier in the first inning. The ‘Bows responded and then some in their half of the first. Flores doubled home UH’s first run of the inning then gave his team a 3-1 lead when he scored on a fielding miscue by Wolf Pack third baseman Bryce Barger off a Trevor Podratz grounder.
UH’s bats would go ice cold after the first inning before Ventimila’s base hit in the eighth. UH built off of it as RBI hits by Kaeo Aliviado (1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI)and Jordan Richartz (1 H, 2 R, 1 RBI) helped Hawai’i build a four-run lead heading to Nevada’s ninth.
The ‘Bows and Wolf Pack play game three of their series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*