CALIFORNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Rainbow Warrior baseball team blew a golden opportunity to win two-straight conference games against UC Irvine away from Honolulu for the first time in program history earlier today, allowing the Anteaters offense to get going en route to a 12-4 blowout victory.
Hawaii (15-9, 1-1 BWC) made too many mistakes to against an opportunistic UC Irvine (14-11 and 1-1 BWC) side, starting in the fifth inning when second baseman Dustin Demeter mishandled a two-out, bases-loaded pop-up in the fifth inning.
That error allowed the Anteaters to tie the game at 3-3.
In the sixth, the Anteaters took advantage of a Jeremy Yelland balk which advanced Ryan Johnston to second, who would go to score on an RBI-double from Brendan Brooks. Hawaii never had a chance once they lost the lead, allowing UC Irvine to rack up six runs in the eighth inning in a game that should've never gotten away from the 'Bows.
With the loss, Hawaii falls to 1-1 in Big West Conference play on the season but will look to make amends tomorrow against the Anteaters in the series finale. First pitch is set for 11:00 HT.