Saturday, February 27, 1999
second road game
The UH baseball team loses,Star-Bulletin staff
10-0, in today's contest against TCU
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Scott Atkinson and Shaun Wooley combined to strike out 16 Rainbows as Texas Christian defeated Hawaii, 10-0, in the second of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at the TCU Diamond today.
Yesterday, the Rainbows lost the opener of the three-game series, 6-5.
The 'Bows will try to salvage the final game of the series tomorrow when Troy Yoshimasu gets the starting nod.
The Horned Frogs (8-7 overall, 2-0 WAC) built a 5-0 lead after seven innings, then turned the game into a rout with a five-run eighth highlighted by Royce Huffman's second homer of the game and season.
UH head coach Les Murakami paraded six pitchers to the mound after starter Randon Ho left after five innings trailing, 3-0. Ho allowed six hits, walked two and struck out eight.
The bullpen surrendered nine hits, walked three, hit two batters and gave up seven earned runs.
Ho suffers his first loss after four victories while Atkinson evened his record at 2-2. It was the first time UH has been blanked in 1999.
The Horned Frogs took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Mark Hamilton drew a two-out walk and scored on Royce Huffman's double off the center-field wall.
TCU added two more runs in the fifth inning aided by third baseman Matt Wheeler's fielding error on Erick Macha's one-out ground ball. Hamilton followed with an RBI double to left and took third on the throw to the plate. With the Rainbow infield in, Huffman lined a single to left just past UH shortstop Corey Miller to score Hamilton.
Through the first five innings, TCU right-hander Scott Atkinson dominated the 'Bows, especially with men on base. Atkinson tied his career game strikeout record by fanning 11 Rainbows in the first five innings. He finished with 13 strikeouts.
He struck out Jamie Aloy to end the third inning with Hawaii runners (13-4, 0-2) at first and second. In the fifth, again with runners at first and second, Atinson whiffed Kenn Wakakuwa and Aloy to end the inning.
Hawaii stranded eight runners through the first six innings, including one in scoring position in five of those innings.
UH came up empty again in the seventh. A walk to Miller and Wakakuwa's two-out double went for naught when Aloy long fly to left was hauled in by Jeff Dover.
In yesterday's game, TCU took the lead with three runs, two unearned, in the third inning and stopped a UH rally in the ninth for the victory.
Scooter Martines hit the Rainbows' first homer of the season in the second inning with a blast over the left-center field fence.