HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Warrior baseball team couldn’t muster a run in their series finale against the Pilots falling 4-0 to start the 2019 season 1-3.
The ‘Basebows ran into some big time pitching by Portland’s Chris Clements, who struck out eight in six shutout innings in his final outing at Les Marukami Stadium.
The Warrior bats struggled all evening to get going, one of UH’s only scoring opportunities came in the bottom of the eighth.
UH’s Dallas Duarte doubled down the left field line to lead off, the 'Bows hottest hitter in the series Alex Baeza advanced into scoring position on sacrifice bunts before Portland’s relief pitcher Morgan White was able to work out of the jam to keep UH off the board.
One bright spot on the afternoon for the ‘Bows was the pitching of freshman Li’i Pontes.
In his college debut the local prospect dealt five innings of work with two strikeouts while giving up just two hits and no walks.
The elder statesman Senior Kash Koltermann didn’t fair as well in his stint on the mound pitching 4.0 innings yielding four runs on six hits to take the loss.
The Warriors will next be in action this Friday in a four game home series against Iowa at 6:35 p.m.