RUSTON, La. – (HawaiiNewsNow) Trevor Podratz homered and drove in the game-tying run in the ninth inning and the University of Hawai'i baseball team topped Louisiana Tech 4-3 in 12 innings at J.C. Love Field.
The Rainbows (25-16, 5-2 WAC) trailed by one run in the top of the ninth inning with Kaeo Aliviado on at third base. Podratz then recorded his second RBI of the game, singling through the left side of the infield to score Aliviado and tie the game.
The game headed into extra innings where UH capitalized on LaTech's only error of the game. Collin laid down a bunt to sacrifice Pi'ikea Kitamura over to third base, but an errant throw to first by third baseman Beau Bayliss allowed Kitamura to round third and score what proved to be the game winner in the 12th inning.
Kyle Dowdy (2-2) worked 3.1 innings of scoreless relief for the win, and Brent Harrison retired the side in order in the 12th inning to garner his seventh save. Caleb Dudley (4-3) pitched the final two innings for the Bulldogs (18-23, 1-9 WAC) and was tagged with loss allowing one hit and Kitamura's unearned run. Starters Matt Sisto and Jeb Stefan were engaged in a pitchers dual through seven innings, but neither factored in the decision.
Podratz and Kitamura did the damage for Hawai'i at the plate. Podratz batted 2-4 with one run and two RBI, and Kitamura had two hits, one run, and one RBI.
Gandy had two hits, one run, and one RBI to lead LaTech, and homered in the third inning for the game's first run. Podratz's homer tied the game just one-half inning later.
Sisto retired the first batter in the eighth inning, but then Bre'shon Kimbell singled and was driven home by an Austin Hedges double. Lawrence Chew came in and allowed a base hit by Stephen Gandy which gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead heading into the top of the ninth inning.
Hawai'i and LaTech play game two of their series Friday at 6:00 p.m. CT (1:00 p.m. HT).
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