By Mike Cherry - bio | email
SAN JOSE, CA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii Rainbow baseball team (28-25, 11-12 WAC) clinched a spot in next week's Western Athletic Conference Tournament, splitting a doubleheader with the San Jose State Spartans (21-34, 9-14) 4-2 and 0-3 at Municipal Stadium Saturday.
Sam Spangler (4-6) got the win in the first game, allowing just one run in 6.0 innings pitched. Lenny Linsky came in late to earn his 11th save of the season.
Collin Bennett was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run. Greg Garcia also went 3-for-4 with two runs, a double and a stolen base. Jeffrey Van Doornum added a 2-for-4 game with a stolen base.
The Rainbows opened the scoring in the top of the second as Garcia stole third before scoring on a fielder's choice, putting UH ahead 1-0. In the top of the third, Bennett added a two-run double, extending the Hawaii lead to 3-0.
Linsky then came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and retired the next three Spartans to preserve the win.
In the second game, Matt Sisto (4-5) took the loss, allowing three runs in 4.0 innings.
The Spartans posted the first runs in the game on a two-run double in the second inning by Nick Borg. They then added another run in the third as Corey Valine singled in a run, making it 3-0.
The two teams close the series, and the regular season for both teams Sunday with a 10:00 AM HST game at Municipal Stadium.
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