HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The UH baseball team came up short in their upset bid of nationally ranked UC Santa Barbara, losing 6-3 in an 11 inning battle.
Sunday’s series finale also marked the final home game of the season for the Rainbow Warriors. The 'Basebows (20-27, 8-13 Big West) led 3-1 in the top of the ninth before the Gauchos (44-7, 18-3 Big West) rallied to tie the game to force extra innings.
In the 11th, UCSB punched in three runs to earn the extra-inning victory.
Hawai’i had a 1-0 lead early on an RBI groundout from senior Maaki Yamazaki that brought in Scotty Scott. The lead grew to 2-0 when Dallas Duarte blasted his first career home run over the wall in the far left in the second inning.
Playing his final home game at Les Murakami Stadium, Yamazaki left his mark hammering an eighth-inning solo home run down the right field line to make it 3-1.
The Gauchos would respond by scoring on a single from Cole Mueller to bring in two runs in the ninth. The 11th-inning runs came on a sacrifice fly from Marcos Castanon and a two-RBI single off the bat of Michael McAdoo.
Logan Poulsen had a strong afternoon on the mound for UH, going 6.0 innings with five strikeouts while allowing just one run on four hits. Dylan Thomas threw 3.0 innings and allowed two runs on three hits while also striking out five.
Following the game, UH honored Kash Koltermann, Dominic DeMiero, Maaki Yamazaki, Colin Ashworth and Ethan Lopez with a senior day ceremony. UCSB is ranked in the national polls and is currently ranked number six in the Collegiate Baseball poll.
Next up, Hawai’i will close its season with a Big West road series at Long Beach State. The three-game set is scheduled for May 23-25 in Long Beach, Calif.