HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The University of Hawai'i baseball team was shutout by San Francisco, 3-0, on Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium. The Rainbows drop to 12-7 while the Dons improve to 10-9.
UH uncharacteristically committed four errors which led to three unearned runs for starter Jarrett Arakawa. Arakawa (2-1) was tagged with the loss in six innings of work, but dropped his team-low ERA to 1.34.
The 'Bows appeared outmatched by USF starter Kyle Zimmer (1-1) who pitched a complete-game shutout for the win. UH managed just three hits, two of which almost cleared the outfield wall. Zack Swasey nearly tied the game up in the second inning when his opposite way shot bounced off the right field wall, and Max Duval (2-3) nearly did the same in the fifth inning, but to left field.
Adam Clear and Justin Maffei hit 2-4 to lead the Dons, with Maffei adding one run.
USF plated its first run in the second inning, as Matt Chavez scored on a sacrifice fly by Mason Morioka. Maffei delivered a lead-off double to start the second inning, then scored on a miscue by Pi'ikea Kitamura at shortstop. Kitamura attempted to throw out a sprinting Maffei at third base, but his throw went sailed over Collin Bennett's head allowing Maffei to score.
In the sixth inning, Jason Mahood (1 H, 1 R) capitalized on a fielding error by Kaeo Aliviado in left field to score the game's final run.
There were 3,408 tickets issued for the game, and a turnstile count of 2,223.
The 'Bows and Dons continue their series Saturday at 6:05 p.m.