MESA, AZ – The UH baseball program's final WAC Tournament will most likely be a short one. The Fresno State Bulldogs beat Mike Trapasso's club in virtually every way imaginable in the opening game, winning 8-2, and sending the Rainbows into the loser's bracket.
The game started well for UH, with Collin Bennett scorching an RBI triple in the bottom of the first inning. The ball would have been a home run in almost any other park, but the massive pitching backdrop at HohoKam Stadium is in play.
Jarrett Arakawa started for UH, and went through the first four innings relatively easily, allowing only one run in the fourth. However in the fifth, he started showing signs of tiring. After retiring the first two batters of the frame, he allowed a solo home run to Patrick Hutcheson that gave Fresno the 2-1 lead. Two singles followed before Arakawa escaped damage and got out of the inning.
In the sixth, he walked leadoff batter Kenneth Wise, then allowed a single to Austin Wynns before being relieved by David Longville.
Longville couldn't contain the Fresno bats.
A total of six runs plated in the inning, with two being charged to Arakawa. The other four were charged to Longville. FSU also executed a triple steal in the inning.
Zach Swasey added a run for UH in the 7th, but it was too much to overcome.
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