SPOKANE, Wash. (HawaiiNewsNow - Courtesy UH Athletics) – The University of Hawai'i baseball team suffered a doubleheader sweep to Gonzaga on Saturday at the Patterson Baseball Complex. The Rainbows fell 4-0 in the opener then lost 7-6 on a walk-off error in game two.
The Rainbows could not get going in game one, suffering just their second shutout of the season. UH (14-10) mustered just four hits off Marco Gonzales (4-0) who pitched eight complete innings with seven strikeouts for the win.
Breland Almadova recorded two hits for the second straight game, with Stephen Ventimilia and Trevor Podratz recording the other two Hawai'i hits.
Maxx Garrett (3-3, 1 R, 2 RBI) and Royce Bolinger (2-2, 1 R, 1 RBI) both hit a pair of solo shots to cap the win for the Bulldogs (15-6). With GU already leading 2-0, Garrett went yard in the sixth inning and Bolinger homered one inning later.
Jarrett Arakawa (2-2) pitched well but dropped his second straight decision, allowing two earned runs on nine hits in six complete innings. Jesse Moore pitched the final two innings, surrendering one run on three hits.
Game two saw both teams score early and often. Hawai'i finally got its offense going when it put three runs on the scoreboard before Gonzaga's first at bat. Zach Swasey (1 R) drew a two-out walk to put Pi'ikea Kitamura (2-4, 1 R) on at second base. The UH bats then came alive, as Collin Bennett (2 H, 1 R, 1 RBI) singled up the middle to score Kitamura from second, then Podratz (2 H, 1 R, 2 RBI) doubled to clear the bases and give the 'Bows the early 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs wasted no time in answering, tying the game up in their first at bats. Rainbow starter Scott Squier had his shortest outing of the season. He hit a pair of batters and lasted just two-thirds of an inning before leaving the game with the bases loaded. David Longville came in to force a double-play to halt what could have been an even bigger inning for the Bulldogs.
Hawai'i kept its offense rolling and recaptured the lead with a pair of runs in the second inning. Ventimilia (2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI) drove home Kaeo Aliviado (1 H, 1 R) with an RBI hit to left field, then advanced to third on a fielding error by left fielder Payden Cawley Lamb (2 R). That allowed Almadova's ground out on the next at bat to score Ventimilia and give UH a 5-3 lead.
Bulldog starter Andy Hunter (2-2) had a rough outing as well but lasted into the fifth inning. He allowed six runs on eight hits in the loss. Meanwhile, David Longville plowed through the Bulldog lineup but ran into trouble in the eighth inning, leaving the game for Brent Harrison with a pair of runners on base. Harrison could not get UH out of Longville's jam, as a Clayton Eslick's (1 H, 1 RBI) base hit drove home Bolinger (2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI) to tie the game at 6-6.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, with a Bulldog runner on second base, Eric Lane (2 H, 1 R) hit a grounder to Kitamura at shortstop but an errant throw allowed Alex Stanford to round third base and score the game winning run.
Harrison (1-1) was tagged with the loss in 1.1 innings of work, with Derek Callahan (1-1) pitching 4.2 shutout innings for the win.
The Rainbows and Bulldogs conclude their series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. PT.