HONOLULU – It wasn't the wet, rainy weather that cooled off
the Rainbows Thursday night, but the UC Santa Barbara hitters. The Gauchos got their leadoff man aboard in
seven of nine innings, generating just enough offense to win 7-6.
UCSB played from in front the entire game, taking a 1-0 lead
in the 2nd inning, and maintaining it throughout. The Rainbows were able to knot the game at
5-5 in the 7th, but UCSB came through with a pair of runs in the 9th.
Trevor Podratz and Marc Flores starred for UH. Podratz went 2-4 with 4 RBI's, while Flores
was 2-5 with 2 RBI's. They combined to
drive in all of the Rainbows runs.
Starting pitcher Connor Little lasted 5 innings, leaving the
game after taking a line drive off his right knee in the 5th. He lay on the field, writhing in pain for a
couple of minutes after the play, but was able to finish the inning.
The Rainbows are now 5-17 overall, 0-1 in Big West
play. The two teams will play three more
games in the series.