Making its first road appearance of the 2019 season, the University of Hawaiʻi baseball team suffered a 6-4 setback to Ohio State on Thursday at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Thursday’s matchup was the first game of a four-game set between the Rainbow Warriors and Buckeyes.
UH (9-12) scored the first two runs of the game, but Ohio State (11-10) was able to battle back to take the lead and hold on for the game one victory.
Hawaiʻi put together a two-out rally in the top of the ninth with runners on second and third trailing 6-3. A single from Daylen Calicdan appeared to plate two runs, but it was ruled one of UH’s runners missed third base resulting in the final out of the game with only one run scoring in the inning.
The Rainbow Warriors kicked off an action-packed first inning with a pair of runs in the top of the frame. Scotty Scott, who led off the game with a single, scored on an Ethan Lopez RBI double. The next batter, Logan Pouelsen, continued UH’s offensive push by knocking in Alex Baeza with an RBI groundout for a 2-0 lead.
The first four Ohio State hitters reached safely en route to a three-run first inning for the home side.
Baeza came up with the big hit in the third to level the scoring. His one-out single scored Scott from second to put the score at 3-3. The Buckeyes quickly responded in the fourth, however, with an RBI single from Nick Erwin for a 4-3 lead.
After a slow start, UH starter Jeremy Wu-Yelland settled in, retiring five in a row at one point. The sophomore southpaw finished with 4.0 inning pitched, allowing four runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Out of the bullpen, senior Kash Koltermann shut down the first 11 batters he faced before Ohio State put together three-consecutive hits for two runs in the bottom of the eighth. For the game, Koltermann went 4.0 innings and gave up two runs on three hits.
UH put runners on second and third with one out in the top of the eighth, but the ‘Bows’ threat was extinguished when OSU’s Andrew Magno worked out of trouble to maintain the lead. Hawaiʻi again had two runners on in the ninth before Magno avoided major damage to earn the save.
The Rainbow Warrior outhit the Buckeyes 10-9 with seven different UH batters registering hits on the day.
Game two of the series between Hawaiʻi and Ohio State is set for Friday, March 22 at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. ET (11:05 a.m. HT).