LOS ANGELES – (Hawaii Athletics) The University of Hawai'i Rainbow baseball team took a break from conference action to play No. 13 UCLA, falling to the Bruins 5-1 on Tuesday evening at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Scott Squier (0-5) was in great form outside of the third inning when he gave up all of UCLA's three runs. He was tagged with the loss in seven innings of work, giving up two earned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts. Cody Poteet (2-3) earned the win for UCLA in five complete innings of work, allowing no runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
Trevor Podratz batted 2-4 to lead the 'Bows who lost despite outhitting the Bruins five hits to four. Shane Zeile batted 2-4 with a double for UCLA (20-9).
After battling though command issues in the third inning, Squier was lights out as he put down the Bruin lineup in order in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. UH finally broke through when Marc Flores (1 H, 1 RBI) delivered an RBI-single for his team's first run. Pi'ikea Kitamura (1 H, 1 R) scored from second as Flores broke an 0-13 slump.
Squier retired the first seven hitters before unraveling in the third inning. Brenton Allen (1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI) hit an RBI-triple to score the game's first run. Squier then loaded the bases on a walk and hit batsman before a Stephen Ventimilia (0-3) fielding error put UCLA ahead 2-0. The Bruins plated another run on a sac fly which proved to be their last of the game.
The Rainbows return to Big West Conference play when they visit Cal Poly for a three-game series beginning Friday, Apr. 12.