Baseball 'Bows get blown out at Fullerton

FULLERTON, CALIF. (HawaiiNewsNow) - Jordan Richartz homered and Adam Hurley had a double and a run scored but it came in a losing effort as the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warrior baseball team lost 17-4 to Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night at Goodwin Field.

Hurley's two hits and a run scored led the 'Bows who fall to 15-24 overall and 3-11 in the Big West Conference. The 17 Titan runs were the most given up by the 'Bows since 2011. Marc Flores added a pair of hits and an RBI.

Scott Squier (3-4) gave up four runs on five hits in the losing effort before getting lifted for Gordon Cardenas with two outs in the third inning. Cardenas had the most serviceable outing for the 'Bows, allowing two runs and issuing just one walk in two and two-thirds innings.

Justin Garza (3-2) worked six complete innings for the win, allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Matt Chapman had a monster day for the Titans (20-17, 5-6 Big West), batting 5-5 with two runs and three RBI. Tyler Steib had two hits, three runs, and three RBI and Tanner Pinkston and J.D. Davis both added two hits, one run, and two RBI.

The 'Bows got on the board first when Hurley doubled in the second inning then scored on a Juliene Jones (1 H, 1 R) base hit. The lead was short-lived as the Titans scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning, all with two outs. After Squier issued back-to-back walks to load the bases, Stieb, Pinkston, and Chapman delivered successive RBI hits to give the Titans a 4-1 lead.

UH quickly rallied with two runs in the top of the third. Kaeo Aliviado (1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI) ripped an RBI-double then scored on a Flores hit that got through the middle of the infield.

Fullerton tacked on a run in the fourth then busted the game wide open with eight runs in the 6th inning. The inning featured three run-scoring doubles as the Titans put the game away in a hurry.

The 'Bows and Titans play their series finale on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. HT).