HONOLULU – (Hawaii Athletics) The University of Hawai'i Rainbow baseball team scored a pair of runs in its first at bats, but was held scoreless for the next eight innings in a 6-2 loss to Wichita State on Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium.
Scott Squier (0-3) was tagged with the loss for UH in his shortest outing of the season. He pitched three and two-thirds innings allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. Cale Elam (2-1) worked eight complete innings for the win allowing two runs on four hits.
Kaeo Aliviado and Conner George each had a base hit and an RBI but the Rainbows' hot hitting cooled off against WSU's ace. UH plated both of its runs in the first inning when George scored Pi'ikea Kitamura (1 H, 1 R) on an RBI single just after Stephen Ventimilia (1 H, 1 R) had scored on an ground out by Aliviado.
Johnny Coy led the Shockers hitting 4-4 with one run and three RBI, and Erik Harbutz and Garrett Bayliff both added two hits and one RBI.
Squier opened the game with a pair of strikeouts, but Corey Gillaspie crushed a homerun over the left centerfield wall on the third at bat. It was the beginning of a rough outing for Squier who suffered command issues throughout the game. After giving up a pair of base hits in the second inning, Squier plunked two WSU batters, the second on Daniel Kihle (1 R, 1 RBI) with the bases loaded to even the game at 2-2.
Squier surrendered a run in each of the first three innings but got himself out of several jams to stay in the game. After loading the bases in the fourth inning, however, he was lifted for Lawrence Chew who forced a ground out to end the inning unscathed.
Chew held WSU scoreless for the next two innings before surrendering two runs in the sixth inning. After Chew's intentional walk loaded the bases, Coy drove a base hit through the left side of the infield to score a pair of runs and extend the Shocker lead to 5-2.
Game four of the series is set for Saturday at 6:35 p.m.