HONOLULU – (Hawaii Athletics) In the finale of an eight-game season-opening home stand, the University of Hawai'i Rainbow baseball team lost to No. 13 Rice, 5-0, on Monday night at Les Murakami Stadium. The 'Bows (0-8) remain winless on the season while the Owls improved to 6-2.
Quintin Torres-Costa (0-2) was tagged with the loss for UH, allowing three runs on seven hits in six and two-thirds innings of work. Jon Simms (3-0) worked six scoreless innings for win. Hawai'i was shutout for the third time this season.
With the Owls firmly in control in the eighth inning at 3-0, Michael Aquino crushed a two-run homer off UH relieverJon Flinn for the final runs of the game. Aquino led the Owls batting 3-4 with two runs and three-RBI. Seven different Rainbows contributed to their total hits for the game.
Rice struck first when Aquino singled to centerfield and scored Michael Ratterree (1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI) from third. Ratterree had walked, advanced to second on a pick-off error, and moved to third on a Shane Hoelscher (2-4, 1 R) base hit. Torres-Costa got of the jam when he forced Keenan Cook (1-3) to ground into a double play.
The Owls were at it again in the fifth inning, as Cook's double put runners on second and third with one out. Aquino, who had singled to open the inning, tagged up from third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Geoff Parrott to push the lead to 2-0.
Hawai'i had its first big opportunity when Stephen Ventimilia came to the plate in the fifth inning with the bases loaded. Marc Flores (1-2) and Kalei Hanawahine (1-2) had reached on base hits and Torres-Costa was hit by a Simms pitch to load the bases.
Ventimilia would be unable to drive any runners home though, grounding out to second to end the inning.
Rice pushed the lead to 3-0 just one inning later when Ratterree drove home Ford Stainback (1 H, 1 R) on a bloop single to centerfield.
UH now takes to the road for the first time, traveling Las Vegas for the Rebel Classic hosted by UNLV.