SACRAMENTO, Calif. – (Hawaii Athletics) In its series finale with Sacramento State, the University of Hawai'i baseball team suffered a three-game sweep to the Hornets with a 10-2 loss on Sunday at John Smith Field. The Rainbows drop to 8-7 in the Western Athletic Conference with Sac State improving to 11-7 in the WAC and 29-23 overall.
The 'Bows allowed 10 runs for the second straight day and will have a tough task at hand in securing a first-round bye in the WAC Tournament. Max Duval capped a quality series for Hawai'i with a pair of hits including a double. Trevor Podratz recorded his first hit of the series with a homerun in the fourth inning, Pi'ikea Kitamura had one hit and one RBI, andStephen Ventimilia added one hit and one run.
Derrick Chung led Sac State with a game-high three hits (3-4) and added two RBI, two runs scored and a homerun. Trevor Paine and Justin Higley also were a thorn in the Rainbows' side. Both homered with Higley adding a triple and Paine a double. Each hit 2-4 with two runs and two RBI.
Scott Squier (3-4) received the loss, pitching two-plus innings and surrendering three runs on five hits with two strikeouts. Brennan Leitao (6-4) allowed two runs on 10 hits in picking up the win for the Hornets.
Squier opened the game retiring his first five batters but ran into trouble in the second inning. Paine hit a two-out double and Squier eventually found himself in tie game with a bases loaded jam. He walked in Higley to give Sac State a 2-1 lead but then escaped when he forced a fly out to David Del Grande (0-4, 1 RBI).
Squier got into trouble again in the third inning, allowing his first three batters to reach base leading to Coach Trapasso lifting him for David Longville. Trevor Podratz (1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI) responded with his solo homerun to cut the lead to 3-2. The Hornets quickly regained the two-run advantage just one-half inning later on Higley's two-out roundtripper.
The game got away from the Rainbows in the sixth inning. Longville gave up a two-run homerun to Chung, then was ejected after hitting Rhys Hoskins (1 R) in the helmet on a wild pitch. Chew then entered for Longville and promptly gave up a homerun to Paine on his first pitch.
The 'Bows will look to salvage the road trip with a win on Monday in a non-conference matchup against UC Davis. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m. PT (11:30 a.m. HT).