FRESNO, Calif. – (Hawaii Athletics) Trevor Podratz ignited a Rainbow rally with a three-run double in the seventh inning, but it wasn't enough as the University of Hawai'i baseball team lost 8-6 to Fresno State on Tuesday night at Pete Beiden Field.
Podratz's big hit capped a four-run inning as the Rainbows (11-31) cut Fresno State's lead to 7-5. UH brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but Adam Hurley struck out with Austin Wobrock on second base to end the game.
Marc Flores and Kalei Hanawahine both had two hits and two runs with Flores adding an RBI as part of UH's big seventh inning. Podratz equaled career highs in hits (3) and RBI (4) and Kaeo Aliviado added a pair of hits and a run scored.
Kevin Viers and Aaron Judge both had monster games for the Bulldogs (17-29). Viers had three doubles along with one run and two RBI, and Judge batted 3-4 with two runs and two RBI including a two-run homerun in the sixth inning.
Both teams staffed the game with both starters the pitchers of record. Patrick O'Rourke (0-2) earned his first career start, pitching two innings before being lifted for Jim MacWilliam after facing two batters in the third. He faced 12 batters, giving up two runs on four hits with a pair of strikeouts. Tyler Linehan (2-7) earned the win for FS in three scoreless innings.
After working a scoreless first inning, O'Rourke saw his outing unravel as the Bulldogs scored two runs in the second. After hitting Jordan Brink with a pitch, Trent Garrison (1 H, 1 R, 2 RBI) belted a homer over the right field wall to give Fresno State a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning, highlighted by Viers' bases loaded two-RBI double. The hit was briefly ruled a grand slam but on further discussion a ground-rule double was called. The Bulldogs loaded the bases again later in the inning with MacWilliam's four-pitch walk to pinch hitter Taylor Ward bringing in the third run of the inning.
The Bulldogs added another run in the eighth inning but the 'Bows had a shot to even the game in the ninth. With Hanawahine and Podratz both singling, Wobrock reached on a throwing error by shortstop Louie Payetta while Hanawahine rounded third and scored. Hurley came to the plate with two outs but couldn't complete the rally, striking out to end the game.
The Rainbows return to conference play this weekend when they visit Long Beach State. UH and LBSU kick off their three-game series this Friday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. PT (3:00 p.m. HT).