Rainbow Warriors fall to Gauchos 8-2 in series opener

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HONOLULU – The University of Hawaiʻi baseball team fell to Big West-leading UC Santa Barbara by an 8-2 final score on Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium in the Rainbow Warriors’ first home game since April 20. 

The Rainbow Warriors (20-25, 8-11 Big West) scored first, but the high-powered Gauchos quickly leveled the scoring before taking the lead for good in the top of the fourth inning. 

UCSB, which is ranked in the national polls – as high as number six in the Collegiate Baseball poll, put up four runs in the ninth to put the game out of reach. 

The Rainbow Warriors loaded the bases in the second and got on the board when Dallas Duarte’sgroundout plated Ethan Lopez from third for a 1-0 advantage. The Gauchos leveled the score with a single run in the top of the third and took the lead in the fourth with three runs to make it 4-1. 

The lead stretched to 8-1 with four runs for the Gauchos in the ninth. 

The ‘Bows tacked on one run in the bottom of the ninth when Tyler Murray roped a double down the line in left field to score Alex Baeza from second. 

UH starting pitcher Cade Smith went 4.0 innings, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts. Out of the bullpen, Kash Koltermann followed with 4.1 innings with three hits and two runs with three strikeouts before Calvin Turchin went the final 0.2 innings, yielding two runs on one hit. 

UCSB’s Ben Brecht pitched 6.0 innings with one run on four hits to pick up the victory. 

Baeza went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead UH’s offense, which put together seven hits on the night. 

Game two of the three-game series between UH and UC Santa Barbara is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at 6:35 p.m. at Les Murakami Stadium.

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