Rainbows Drop Series Opener To UC Irvine

IRVINE, Calif. – (Hawaii Athletics) Connor Little pitched his first complete game but it wasn't enough as the University of Hawai'i Rainbow baseball team lost to UC Irvine, 4-1, on Friday at Anteater Stadium. UH drops to 7-19 overall and 2-2 in the Big West Conference.

UCI pitcher Andrew Thurman (3-3) had complete command over the Rainbow lineup until the ninth inning. After retiring Andre Real, he gave up base hits to Austin Wobrock and Stephen Ventimilia to help load the bases for Kaeo Aliviado. Aliviado grounded out to score a run as Thurman was lifted for reliever Race Parmenter. Parmenter, however, retired Marc Flores to end the rally and earn the save.

Little (1-4) allowed a pair of runs each in the first and fourth innings but stayed in the game for his eight-inning career outing. He finished with eight hits on the four runs and posted four strikeouts. Aliviado and Wobrock each had one of UH's three hits on the night.

Chris Rabago batted 2-4 with a run scored to lead the Anteaters (18-8, 1-3 BWC) and Conner Spencer added two hits and one RBI.

Irvine got off to a fast start with a pair of runs in the first inning. Rabago delivered a lead-off double down the left field line, and an RBI-single by Spencer and a run-scoring pop up by Ronnie Shaeffer led to the early Anteater lead.

Taylor Sparks pushed the lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning when he belted a solo homerun over the left field wall. Scott Gottschling (1 H, 1 RBI) then doubled and later scored on a sacrifice squeeze to put the UCI lead at 4-0.

The series continues Saturday at 1:00 p.m. PT (10:00 a.m. HT).