Jarrett Arakawa and Scott Kuzminsky combined for an impressive pitching performance but it came in another heartbreaking loss as the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warrior baseball team lost 2-1 in 11 innings to Cal State Fullerton on Sunday night at Goodwin Field.
The extra-inning defeat was the second of the weekend for the 'Bows as the Titans complete the series sweep. UH falls to 15-25 overall and 3-12 in the Big West Conference while the Titans improve to 21-17 overall and 6-6 in league play.
Arakawa returned after missing back-to-back starts and worked four and two-thirds innings allowing one run on five hits with just one walk. Scott Kuzminsky (3-5) entered the game in the fifth inning with two outs and a runner on third, but got a key strikeout to end the Titan threat.
Kuzminsky worked the final five and two-thirds innings but suffered the loss after giving up the gamewinning run in the bottom of the 11th inning. Kuzminsky hit Austin Diemer (1 H, 1 R) in the shoulder to put the lead off runner on. Diemer then stole second and advanced to third on a Clay Williamson (1-4) sac bunt. Jared Deacon perfectly executed a squeeze play on the next at bat as Diemer raced home for the gamewinner.
Grahmm Wiest pitched a gem to set up Kody Gauna (2-2) for the win. Wiest worked 10 complete innings allowing the one UH run on four hits with seven strikeouts.
Fullerton scored the game's first run on an RBI double by Tanner Pinkston who led the Titans with three hits and a double.
UH responded the next inning when Marc Flores (2-4, 1 RBI) slapped a base hit through the left side of the infield to score Stephen Ventimilia (1 H, 1 R) and tie the game.
Fullerton had a chance to break the stalemate in the seventh inning. Williamson singled to open the inning and later took third on a sac bunt from A.J. Kennedy. With Williamson representing the go-ahead run, Juliene Jones fielded a grounder at third and started a 5-2-5-4 double play that ended with Ventimilia tagging out Taylor Bryant trying to take second on his fielder's choice.
The 'Bows return home and will play the New York Institute of Technology in a four-game non-conference series starting Friday, May 2.