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UH Baseball falls at UC Irvine 6-4 Saturday

UH Baseball falls at UC Irvine 6-4 Saturday

UH rally falls short UH rally falls short

IRVINE, Calif. – The University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (9-18) baseball team dropped its second straight Big West Conference contest to the UC Irvine Anteaters (13-10) on Saturday (March 28) at Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark. Although the 'Bows battled to a fourth-inning tie, a multi-run sixth frame proved to be enough, as UH came up short in the rally, 6-4.After two blank innings to open Saturday's game two of the BWC series with UCI, starter Tyler Brashears ran into some trouble, opening with a four-pitch leadoff walk in the third. Kenton Hiura made it count for the Anteaters, bringing in Parker Coss on an RBI single through the left side.Hawai'i didn't wait long for reprisal, using a fourth-inning full count walk of Eric Ramirez to knot up the score, as JJ Kitaoka hit a shallow sacrifice fly to center, but it was enough to scratch Ramirez across for the tie run at 1-1.Nearing the century pitch mark, Brashears gave a full count walk and a second runner reached on an error during a fielder's choice play. The key UCI hitter from the series opener, Cameron Bishop, broke the deadlock with a two-run double into right center, ending the outing for Brashears.Entering in relief, Kyle Von Ruden shut the door on the inning, but not before the Anteaters logged three more runs on three hits to take the 6-1 lead.Again, the 'Bows were quick to respond, as JJ Kitaoka tacked up another with a career-first home run over the left field wall on the first pitch of the seventh from UCI starter Matt Esparza, trimming the lead to four.Von Ruden was perfect in the seventh, and Cody Culp locked down the eighth, giving UH an opportunity to rally. Scoring for the second straight frame, the 'Bows greeted UCI reliever Kyle Davis with consecutive singles and drew a walk to load the bases. Eric Ramirez snapped a two-game hitting drought with a crucial two-run single, drawing the deficit to just two runs.Although Alan Baldwin secured his fifth hit of the day to get the 'Bows moving in the ninth, UCI closer Sam Moore (2) retired the side and secured a save and the 6-4 final margin.For the 'Bows, Brashears takes the loss, pitching five (5.0) innings with four (4) hits and four (4) runs allowed (three earned), walking three (3) and striking out two (2).Esparza was awarded the win after seven (7.0) innings of work, giving up six (6) hits and two (2) UH runs, while walking one (1) and striking out five (5).The Rainbow Warriors outhit the Anteaters 10-8 in spite of the loss. Leading the charge was right fielder Alan Baldwin who went 5-for-5 on the day, becoming the first UH hitter to collect five since Breland Almadova in 2011, and the first to hit five while perfect since Brandon Haislet in 2008.In addition, Ramirez and Kitaoka each went 1-for-3 with two (2) RBI and a run scored apiece.Falling to 0-2 in the series and in Big West play, the 'Bows return to Anteater Ballpark to finish up the series with UC Irvine on Sunday (March 29), with a 1:00 p.m. PT (10:00 a.m. HT) first pitch scheduled.

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