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Hawaii's Isaac Omura stopped a short throw to second last night as Coastal Carolina's Jeremiah Grove slid in safely. UH shortstop Brian Finegan backed up the play.




Chanticleers win
to earn split
with ’Bows

Hawaii plays sloppy in an
8-5 loss to Coastal Carolina


By Al Chase
achase@starbulletin.com

The Hawaii Rainbows were not sharp with a lot of the little things that make up a baseball game last night and paid for their sloppiness.

The pitchers issued five walks, threw two costly wild pitches, hit a batter and were called for two balks. All that despite the fact UH hurlers produced three 1-2-3 innings.

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (19-5), ranked No. 28 by Collegiate Baseball, made good use of the Rainbows' aloha to gain a split of the two-game series with an 8-5 victory watched by 538 fans at Murakami Stadium.

Hawaii (14-9) managed just four hits off CC starter Steven Carter, who left after seven innings with an 8-2 lead.

Even a three-run rally in the eighth inning when the first five Rainbows reached base won't make Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso and his staff forget what happened prior to that.

"It all started with two things that are little but important," said Trapasso. "We couldn't throw our breaking pitches for strikes and haven't been able to do it the past seven of eight games. You look at Carter. He throws about 84, but he throws that slider for strikes and waxes us.

"The other thing is we are letting too many leadoff men get on base and then we find a way to advance them a base with a wild pitch, passed ball or balk. That's a lack of focus. We also gave up too many two-out hits. That's throwing, not pitching."

For the second consecutive game, the Rainbows scored in the first inning. Brian Finegan started the action with a walk and took second on Andrew Sansaver's sacrifice bunt. One batter later, Rocky Russo bounced the first pitch he saw into center field for a run-scoring single.

The Chanticleers wasted no time tying the score, as Jeff Baker began the second inning with a home run over the right-center field fence.

Tyler Hasbrouck followed with a line single to right and Mike Costanzo one-hopped UH starter Reid Horton's first pitch off the wall in right center for a double that advanced Hasbrouck to third. After a visit by pitching coach Chad Konishi, Horton escaped further trouble by keeping the ball in the infield.

Steve Pinocchio hit a hard grounder to Sansaver at first. He threw to catcher Drew Jackson, who tagged Hasbrouck out in a rundown. Costanzo moved to third and Pinocchio ended up at second. Third baseman Schafer Magana then grabbed Chad Oxendine's hard shot and threw him out at first as the runners held.

After walking Jeremiah Grove, Horton fanned Coastal Carolina leadoff hitter Ryan McGraw on a 2-2 pitch to end the threat.

Isaac Omura drove Carter's first pitch deep to left for a double to begin the third inning. Omura advanced to third on Finegan's fly to right and scored on Sansaver's sacrifice fly to left center for a 2-1 UH lead.

The Chanticleers took their first lead of the series in the fifth with two runs. Grove reached on an infield single to deep short, took second on a sacrifice bunt, third on a balk by Horton and scored on Brandon Powell's ground single to right. Powell stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Brett Grandstrand's sacrifice fly.

Coastal Carolina scored two more runs in the sixth off reliever Justin Cayetano for a 5-2 lead.

The Chants took advantage of more gifts in the seventh inning to increase their margin to 8-2. UH's third pitcher, Mike Peck, walked two of the four batters he faced. That was enough for Trapasso, who called Keahi Rawlins out of the bullpen.

Rawlins surrendered a two-strike RBI single to Costanzo, balked the runners up a base, wild-pitched the second run of the inning home and gave up an RBI single to Pinocchio.



Coastal Carolina 8, Hawaii 5

CCU (19-5) AB R H BI Hawaii (14-9) AB R H BI
McGraw cf 4 0 0 0 Finegan ss 3 2 0 0
Powell 2b 4 1 1 1 Sansaver 1b 3 1 1 1
Grandstrand ss 3 1 0 1 Cook lf 3 1 2 0
Baker lf 4 1 1 1 Russo dh 4 0 1 2
Hasbrouck 1b 3 2 1 0 Inouy rfc 4 0 1 1
Costanzo dh 4 1 2 1 Montgomery cf 4 0 1 0
Pinocchio 3b 4 1 2 1 Magana 3b 2 0 0 1
Oxendine c 4 0 0 0 Jackson c 3 0 0 0
Nichols c 0 0 0 0 Green phrf 1 0 0 0
Grove rf 3 1 2 2 Omura 2b 4 1 1 0
Carter p 0 0 0 0 Horton p 0 0 0 0
Soja p 0 0 0 0 Cayetano p 0 0 0 0
Binda 0 0 0 0 Peck p 0 0 0 0





Rawlins p 0 0 0 0





McDowell p 0 0 0 0
Total 33 8 9 7 Total 31 5 7 5

CCU 010 022 300 -- 8 9 1
Hawaii 101 000 030 -- 5 7 0

E--Powell (7).
DP--Hawaii 1.
LOB--CCU 6; Hawaii 6. 2B--Costanzo (3); Omura (4).
HR--Baker (9).
SH--McGraw (6); Sansaver (5).
SF--Grandstrand (2); Sansaver (2); Magana (2).
SB--Powell (9).
CS--Cook (2).

CCU IP H R ER BB SO
Carter (W, 4-1) 7 4 2 2 2 6
Soja 0 3 3 2 0 0
Binda 2 0 0 0 0 3
Hawaii IP H R ER BB SO
Horton (L, 0-1) 4 2/3 5 3 3 3 2
Cayetano 1 1/3 2 2 1 0 1
Peck 2/3 0 2 2 2 1
Rawlins 1 1/3 2 1 1 0 0
McDowell 1 0 0 0 0 1

HBP--by Carter (Magana); by Cayetano (Hasbrouck); by Soja (Finegan).
Umpires--HP: Keoki Torres, 1B: Gary Montalbo, 3B: Don Greman.
T--3:02.
A--1,951.



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