HONOLULU – UC Davis scored four runs to break a tie game in the seventh inning and the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior baseball team fell to the Aggies 5-2 in Big West Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Dobbins Field. Kaeo Aliviado and Marc Flores both had a pair of hits for UH in the losing effort.
Scott Kuzminsky (4-7) was tagged with the loss for the ‘Bows (20-29, 4-16 Big West). He scattered five hits over six and one-third innings and was charged with four unearned runs, three after he was lifted in the seventh inning.
Tanner Bily batted 2-4 for the Aggies (22-28, 6-14 Big West) with a run and two RBI including a two-run double in the seventh inning. Justin Mullins (1-0) got the win in one and two-thirds innings of relief work.
UC Davis opened the scoring with a run in the third inning, capitalizing on a pair of Hawai’i errors to take a 1-0 lead. Hawai’i tied up the game in the fourth inning when Trevor Podratz’s fly ball to centerfield was deep enough for Stephen Ventimilia (2 H, 1 R) to tag up and score from third. Ventimilia had led off the inning with a base hit before moving to third on a Conner George (1-3) sac bunt and a Koopmans wild pitch.
The wheels then fell off for the ‘Bows who gave up four seventh-inning runs to hand the Aggies a 5-1 lead. Kuzminsky got himself in a jam for the second straight inning and was lifted for Scott Squier with one out and the bases loaded. Squier pitch to just three batters, giving up a double and a single and in the blink of an eye the Aggies had a four-run lead.
The ‘Bows made an attempt at a rally one inning later when a Flores RBI single cut the lead to 5-2 but that would be all they would muster in the inning.
The ‘Bows and Aggies meet for the rubber match of the series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. PT (10:00 a.m. HT).
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*