Rainbows lose two close games to UC-Irvine

By Brian Ojima - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - It's a busy weekend for the University of Hawaii men's baseball team.  Four games in three days and all of them against UC-Irvine at Les Murakami Stadium.

The Warriors lost their season opener on Friday night to the Anteaters, 5-1.  The Warriors sent Nate Klein to the mound in the first game of the doubleheader.

UH kept it close with a two-run home run from Christian Johnson, the first home run for the Warriors this season, but it wasn't enough as they fell 5-4 to Irvine.

In the second game, the Warriors scored three runs in the first inning to take a quick lead, but with the game tied at 3 in the fourth inning, the Anteaters took the lead on a sacrifice fly to right.  Tony Asaro tagged from third and in a play at the plate, the ump ruled he was safe.

UC-Irvine went on to win the second game by the same score, 5-4, as Hawaii loses two close, heartbreaking games on Saturday.  UH is now 0-and-3 on the season.

Both teams will square off on Sunday at Les Murakami Stadium.  First pitch is 1:05 pm.