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Sunday, March 27, 2005



RAINBOW BASEBALL


New lineup, same result:
UH loss in Fresno

Hawaii baseball coach Mike Trapasso juggled his lineup again last night trying to find a player or players to provide a spark for the Rainbows.

Adam Roberts started at first base. Derek Dupree was in center, with Matt Inouye moving to right and Greg Kish to left, but the dark cloud hanging over the 'Bows did not go away.

The spark flickered briefly in the fourth when UH tied the score at 2-2 in the Western Athletic Conference game. But, Fresno State broke the deadlock with a four-run sixth against Hawaii right-hander Stephen Bryant and the host Bulldogs clinched the series with a 6-3 victory at Pete Beiden Field.

Beau Mills jump-started the Bulldogs (16-15 overall, 2-0 WAC) with a two-out, two-run homer over the right-field wall in the first inning. It was his team-leading ninth roundtripper of the year. DeAndre Miller, who singled to start the inning, scored ahead of Mills.

Bryant escaped a one-out situation with runners on first and second in the second by retiring the final two batters, the start of 12 consecutive outs recorded by the senior.

Trapasso made a quick visit to the mound after the second runner reached base on a walk.

"Stephen was kind of drifting with his focus. I wanted him to get his ball down. This was the bottom of the order and he should get those guys out," said Trapasso.

"What we need is guys to get hits and score runs."

Bryant's string ended with one down in the sixth when he walked Nick Moresi, then Mills. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. David Gomez put down a suicide-squeeze bunt that Bryant overran, allowing the ball to trickle past the mound as both runners scored.

Chase Moore's first-pitch single to left sent Gomez to second. Bryant's second wild pitch of the inning moved the runners up a base. They scored on Ryan Overland's single to left for a 6-2 FSU lead.

"On the squeeze play, if it is executed well, there is no defense. You give up the run, but get the out to eliminate the add-on runs. That's what killed us today, the add-on runs," Trapasso said.

The Rainbows (13-15, 1-4) struggled finding someone to deliver a big hit in the early innings.

Isaac Omura singled to start the second, took second on a balk and third on Kish's long fly to the wall in right, but was stranded when Schafer Magana fanned for the final out.

UH loaded the bases in the third. Roberts singled to left to start the inning and moved to third when Dupree was safe at first on a throwing error by FSU starter Michael Cooper.

After Joe Spiers fanned for the second time, Erik Ammon walked. However, Inouye grounded into a double play to end the threat.

Omura's fourth homer of the season, a drive over the right-field wall just inside the foul pole, put UH on the scoreboard. Kish doubled down the left-field line with one out, moved to third on Magana's sacrifice and scored when Moresi dropped Roberts' fly ball in center field.

Eddie Romero replaced Cooper to start the sixth inning and did not allow UH a hit until the ninth, when Ammon singled home Roberts with the last Rainbow run.

After FSU broke the tie, UH tried to respond in the top of the seventh. Roberts walked to start the inning. He took second as Dupree struck out on a wild pitch. On Spiers' high bouncer to third, Mills, with no play at first, threw to second and caught Roberts trying to get back to the bag, a costly baserunning error.

Spiers stole second. Ammon walked. The runners pulled off the double steal, but Inouye grounded out to end the inning.

Hawaii will try to salvage one game in the series and game on their first road trip of the season in the finale against Fresno State today. Justin Costi will start for the 'Bows, who have lost five consecutive games.


Fresno State 6, Hawaii 3

Hawaii AB R H BI Fresno State AB R H BI
Spiers ss 5 0 0 0 Miller 2b 5 1 1 0
Ammon c 3 0 1 1 Vitters ss 4 0 0 0
Inouye rf 5 0 2 0 Moresi cf 3 1 0 0
Omura 2b 5 1 2 1 Mills 3b 2 2 1 2
Russo dh 3 0 0 0 Gomez dh 4 1 1 2
Kish lf 4 1 1 0 Moore rf 4 1 1 0
Magana 3b 3 0 0 0 Susdorf lf 4 0 2 0
Roberts 1b 2 1 1 0 Lapin lf 0 0 0 0
Dupree cf 2 0 0 0 Overland c 3 0 2 2
Lopez cf 1 0 0 0 Fister 1b 4 0 0 0
Totals 33 3 7 2 Totals 33 6 8 6

Hawaii

000 200 001 -- 3 7 1
Fresno State

200 004 00X -- 6 8 2

E--Magana (7); Moresi (1); Cooper (1). DP--Fresno State 1. LOB--Hawaii 10, Fresno State 7. 2B--Kish (3). HR--Omura (4); Mills (9). SH--Magana (6); Dupree (3). SB--Spiers 2 (22); Ammon (1); Moresi (10).

Hawaii IP H R ER BB SO
Bryant (L, 4-1) 6 2/3 6 6 6 4 4
Olsen 1 1/3 2 0 0 0 0
Fresno State IP H R ER BB SO
Cooper 5 5 2 1 1 3
Romero (W, 4-2) 4 2 1 1 4 3

WP--Bryant 3 (3); Romero (7). BK--Bryant (3); Cooper (3).
Umpires--Dick Flaherty (plate), Mike Beller (first), Danny Mascarro (third).
T--2:31. A--2,153.

WAC standings


Conference Overall

W L Pct. GB W L
San Jose State* 5 1 .833 -- 15 9
Fresno State 2 0 1.000 1 16 15
Louisiana Tech 3 3 .500 2 10 17
Rice 2 3 .400 2 1/2 18 8
Nevada 0 2 .000 3 12 10
Hawaii 1 4 .200 3 1/2 13 15

* -- San Jose State has one nonconference tie

Yesterday
Fresno State 6, Hawaii 3
Rice 14, Nevada 6
San Jose State 4, Louisiana Tech 0
Today
Hawaii at Fresno State
Nevada at Rice



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