UH baseball falls short to No. 6 Oregon in season opener

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kaeo Aliviado had two hits and an RBI, freshman Marcus Doi reached base on four of his five plate appearances, but the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warrior baseball team shot themselves in the foot in a 3-2 opening night loss to No. 6 Oregon at Les Murakami Stadium.

Nick Catalano had a hit, an RBI, and what proved to be the game-winning run for the Ducks in the top of the ninth inning. A Jordan DePonte wild pitch allowed Catalano to score from second to break a 2-2 tie.

Matt Cooper earned the start for the 'Bows (0-1) and allowed just two unearned runs on two hits in five complete innings. Eric Gleese (0-1) allowed one run on one hit in three and two-thirds innings of quality relief but was tagged with the loss.

Oregon (1-0) plated their first two runs in the fourth inning. Stephen Ventimilia dropped a routine fly ball with two outs, allowing Kyle Garlick to score the game's first run. Jack Kruger later scored when Marc Flores misplayed a ball hit to left field as OU took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning.

The 'Bows responded one inning later, tying the game off a bases loaded walk and a hustle play by Aliviado. Doi fouled off three pitches before drawing a bases-loaded walk, then with two outs, Aliviado foiled an inning-ending double play bid when he beat shortstop Kevin Minjares's throw to first allowing LJ Brewster to score from third and tie the game.

UH threatened on two other occasions but were unable to break the tie. Alan Baldwin (1-4) was left stranded in the sixth inning after hitting a one-out triple, and the 'Bows came up empty in the seventh after putting two runners on with one out.

Oregon starter Tommy Thorpe allowed two unearned runs in six complete innings with Jake Reed (0-1) earning the win in one inning of scoreless relief.

Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 6:35 p.m.