HONOLULU – (Hawaii Athletics) The University of Hawai'i Rainbow baseball team concluded its series with No. 5 Oregon, falling to the Ducks 4-2 on a blustery Monday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium. The 'Bows opened the season 0-4 for the first time since 2004.
After going hitless through three games, Austin Wobrock batted a perfect 3-3 and also made a stellar over-the-shoulder catch in the eighth inning. Kaeo Aliviado had one hit and one RBI, and dealt with a handful of difficult plays in right field due to the wind.
J.J. Altobelli led the Ducks with three hits, one run, and two RBI.
Jeff Gold allowed one run on five hits in four and two-thirds innings for Oregon (4-0), but did not factor in the decision. He was forced to leave the game after Pi'ikea Kitamura (1-4) ripped his pitch right back to the mound and off his ankle. Reliever Jordan Spencer (1-0) allowed one run in one and two-thirds innings for the win. Corey MacDonald (0-1) was tagged with the loss for Hawai'i, tossing five and two-thirds innings allowing four runs on seven hits.
The 'Bows scored first for the second straight game. Marc Flores (0-3, 1 RBI) grounded out to second base allowing Andre Real (0-3, 1 R) to scamper home from third. Real had drawn a walk and later moved to third on an infield single by Kitamura.
MacDonald was solid through four innings but the Ducks finally got on the scoreboard with three runs in the inning to take a 3-1 lead. Oregon tacked on another run in the sixth inning when Altobelli drove home Kyle Garlick (0-3, 1 R) from second base, forcing Coach Trapasso to bring lefty newcomer Andrew Jones into the game. Jones threw two and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts.
After four scoreless innings, the Rainbows cut into the lead with a run in the sixth inning. Aliviado smacked a Spencer pitch over Stephen Packard's head in right field, doubling in Jerry Kleman (0-3, 1 R) all the way from first base.
The 'Bows next host a four-game set at Les Murakami Stadium against No. 10 Rice. The series begins Friday, Feb. 22 at 6:35 p.m.