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Friday, February 2, 2001


R A I N B O W _ B A S E B A L L



UH


Rainbows
rush past Bruins,
rematch tonight

Scalabrini's two-run double
drives in the winning runs

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By Al Chase
Star-Bulletin

What began as a straight forward, 2-1 game, turned into a test of bullpens.

Starting pitchers Jeff Coleman of Hawaii and UCLA's Josh Karp each worked into the sixth inning.

Then the fun started for the 1,015 fans at Rainbow Stadium.

The Bruins took a 4-1 lead in the top of the sixth, but the Rainbows got two back in the bottom of the inning. UH scored twice in the seventh for a 5-4 lead, but UCLA responded with four runs in the top of the eighth.

Not to be outdone, the Rainbows rallied for four eighth-inning runs, the last two scoring on Patrick Scalabrini's double to the right-field alley.

Hawaii made the 9-8 lead stand up in the ninth when closer Bryan Lee recorded the last two outs with Bruins at first and second.

"We've got to find somebody out of the pen to keep teams from scoring," said UCLA head coach Gary Adams. "We're looking for somebody to step up and take that role."

UH acting head coach Carl Furutani is conducting the same search, with the WAC opener two weeks away.

Chris Quiroz replaced Coleman with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth inning.

Quiroz fanned Josh Arhart and induced Matt Pearl to hit a potential double play ball, but second baseman Gregg Omori's relay to first was wide and in the dirt, allowing two Bruins to score.

After three ground ball outs in the seventh, Quiroz gave up a lead-off single to Brian Baron -- his fourth consecutive hit -- to start the eighth.

With one out, Furutani brought in Aaron Pribble.

"Chris wasn't showing us what we wanted to see. He started to get a little tired," Furutani said.

"Pribble did a good job for us last time and he really didn't have it tonight. But what I wanted was for him to battle.

"I told him, we're looking to go far this year. We want to go to Omaha, so you've got to get it done. You've got to learn to do it now."

Pribble walked the first batter he faced, hit the second on a 1-2 pitch to load the bases, then threw a wild pitch, allowing a run to score.

Following a groundout with the infield playing in for the second out, Adam Berry deposited a 1-1 pitch over the old left-center field wall for a three-run homer and a 8-5 UCLA lead.

UH's Chad Boudon also liked a 1-1 pitch from Paul Diaz and hit his first Rainbow home run over the left-field wall to start the eighth-inning comeback.

With one out, Tim Montgomery singled to left. Pinch-hitter Kevin Gilbride greeted the fourth UCLA pitcher, Chris Cordeiro, with a first-pitch, line-drive single to right.

Derek Honma's single to deep short scored a run, and when the Bruins couldn't turn a double play on Matt Purtell's grounder, the stage was set for Scalabrini.

Hawaii head coach Les Murakami spent the entire 2000 season trying to get Scalabrini to use the whole field --to go the other way with the pitch --with little success.

The senior third baseman's powering of a 1-1 offering to the right-center field gap would have made Murakami happy.

"I'm good at that when I don't try to do it," Scalabrini said.

"This year, I'm trying not to think a lot about anything, just swing the bat and see what happens.

"Last year I tried too much, thought too much."

It was Scalabrini's single, after fouling off four pitches with a full count, that brought home the tying run in the seventh.

"Early in the count with two strikes, they came back with two fastballs inside. They were the first pitches in I saw all night. I just fought them off," he said.

"Then I was still sitting on off-speed. They came back with three off-speed pitches."

Scalabrini bounced the third one in the hole to score Honma.

Coleman had a rough first inning when UCLA scored twice, but said that's his history and he gets stronger as the game progresses.

"I grew up in L.A. and I'm not a fan of UCLA," Coleman said. "Coach Furutani came out in the first inning and told me I was pitching with emotion, that I needed to slow down, relax, stay within yourself and you'll be all right."

When the Bruins threatened in the ninth, Lee rescued Pribble.

"My fastball felt a lot better today. I had control over it and I kept the ball down more, Lee said.

The teams play again tonight starting at 6:35.

Rainbows 9,Bruins 8

UCLA ab r h bi Hawaii ab r h bi
Rasmussen 2b 5 1 2 0 Purtell 2b 3 1 1 0
Francisco rf 4 1 0 0 Scalabrini 3b 5 1 2 3
Baron dh 4 1 4 0 Omori 2b-1b 5 0 1 1
Parker pr 0 1 0 0 Kimura 1b 3 1 1 0
Averill ph 0 0 0 0 Boudon lf 3 3 2 1
Lewis pr 0 0 0 0 Bock c 3 0 1 1
Shelley 3b 3 1 0 1 Montgomery rf 4 1 2 0
Reece 1b 3 1 1 1 Wilson ss 3 0 0 0
Arhart c 3 1 0 0 Gilbride ph 1 0 1 0
Pearl cf 4 0 0 1 Nogawa pr-ss 0 1 0 0
Berry lf 4 1 2 3 Honma cf 3 1 1 1
Canales ss 3 0 0 0
Totals 33 8 9 6 Totals 33 9 12 7

UCLA 200 002 040--8 9 2
Hawaii 000 102 24x--9 12 1

E-Shelley (1), Arhart (2), Omori (2).

LOB-UCLA 6, UH 6.

2B-Rasmussen (1), Baron (1), Scalabrini (2), Boudon (1), Bock (1). SB-Purtell 2 (4), Kimura (1), Boudon (1). S-Canales (1), Purtell (2). SF-Shelley (1), Reece (1).

UCLA

ip h r er bb so
Karp 5 5 3 1 3 6
Jerkens 1 1/3 2 2 2 1 1
Diaz 1 2 2 2 0 0
Cordeiro (L, 0-1) 2/3 3 2 2 0 0

Hawaii

ip h r er bb so
Coleman 5 6 4 3 2 5
Quiroz 2 1/3 1 1 1 0 1
Pribble (W, 2-0) 1 2 3 3 2 2
Lee (S, 1) 2/3 0 0 0 0 1

Coleman pitched to three batters in the sixth inning; Karp pitched to two batters in the sixth inning.

WP-Karp 4 (4), Pribble 1(3). HBP-Purtell (by Karp), Arhart (by Pribble).

Umpires-Tomaszewski (plate), Pittman (first), LaBeau (third). T-3:14. A-1,015.



UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii



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