HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Rainbow Warrior baseball team couldn’t take down the reigning Big West champions Cal State Fullerton Thursday night, losing 5-2 at Les Murakami Stadium.
Hawaii (14-20, 4-6 Big West) fell behind early as the Titans scored a first-inning run for a 1-0 lead before scoring another in third frame to go up 2-0.
The 'Bows got on the board in the fourth when Ethan Lopez ripped a double to the fence in left center field and Alex Baeza followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit down to 2-1.
In the sixth, Cal State Fullerton began a run with single runs in three-consecutive innings to put some distance between the two sides. The Warriors pulled one run back in the ninth off a Logan Pouelsen RBI single but it was too little, too late for Hawaii to mount a comeback.
Aaron Davenport started and went 2.0 innings, yielding two runs on two hits with three strikeouts. The Warriors had five pitchers take the mound on the night.
Game 2 of the series is set for Friday, April 19 at Les Murakami Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m.