Conner George had a pair of hits and Jarrett Arakawa pitched a strong five and one-third innings but it came in another loss as the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warrior baseball team fell to Long Beach State 3-1 on Sunday at Les Murakami Stadium. The 'Bows drop to 19-28 overall and 3-15 in the Big West Conference after suffering the series sweep to the Dirtbags.
Scott Squier (4-5) was tagged with the loss in two and one third innings in relief of Arakawa. He gave up two runs with three strikeouts but issued three walks, two to start off the eighth inning.
Dirtbag starter Nick Sabo gave up one run in six innings with reliever Ryan Millison (4-1) collecting the win in three scoreless innings of work.
Arakawa was impressive early, pitching to the minimum through four and two-thirds innings. The lefty had given up a pair of hits but Trevor Podratz was on his game behind the plate and gunned down both baserunners attempting to steal second.
The Dirtbags (26-23, 12-6 BWC) finally got to Arakawa though when back-to-back two-out doubles by Cameron Pongs (1 H, 1 R) and Johnny Bekakis (1 H, 1 RBI) led to a 1-0 Beach lead through five innings.
The 'Bows were held in check until the seventh inning when Adam Hurley's double drove home Marc Flores to tie the game. Jordan Richartz had laid down a bunt to move Flores to second before Hurley ripped Millison's pitch to right centerfield to tie the game.
LBSU recaptured the lead just one-half inning later. Eric Hutting tagged up to score from third on a Garrett Hampson sac fly, then Colton Vaughn (1 H, 1 R) scored on a Squier wild pitch to put two on the board as the Dirtbags took a 3-1 lead.
The 'Bows now head to UC Davis for their final road games of the season. Game one of the three-game series with the Aggies is set for Friday, May 16.