RAINBOW WARRIOR BASEBALL
Rainbows, Mavericks rained out
The Hawaii Rainbows had their First Hawaii Title Rainbow Baseball Tournament game last night against Texas-Arlington postponed by rain until today at 3 p.m.
The revised schedule has Arkansas playing Texas-Arlington at 11 a.m., with the Rainbows meeting Washington in the regularly scheduled night game that has been moved back to a 7 p.m. start.
FIRST HAWAII TITLE RAINBOW TOURNAMENT
» Washington 5, Arkansas 2
» Arkansas vs. Texas-Arlington, 11 a.m.
» UH vs. Texas-Arlington, 3 p.m.
» UH vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
» Texas-Arlington vs. Washington, 2:30 p.m.
» UH vs. Arkansas, 6:35 p.m.
» Washington vs. Arkansas or Texas-Arlington, 2:30 p.m.
» UH vs. Arkansas or Texas-Arlington, 6:35 p.m.
» Arkansas vs. Texas-Arlington, 2:30 p.m.
» UH vs. Washington, 7:05 p.m.
In yesterday's tournament opener at Les Murakami Stadium, Washington (9-2) defeated Baseball America's No. 11-ranked Arkansas (9-1) 5-2.
The 'Bows (11-3), ranked No. 24 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, and the Mavericks started infield practice in a light rain that steadily worsened. By the time they were done, puddles were forming in the dirt areas around the bases and home plate. The mound was covered at this time.
Shortly thereafter, a rain delay was announced. Just before 7 p.m., UH coach Mike Trapasso and UTA coach Jeff Curtis met by home plate to discuss the situation. The grounds crew started to remove the tarps, but were soon told to stop and the players warming up on the field were called into the dugouts.
"This early in the season, there is no sense taking a chance out there," Trapasso said. "It would be a half-hour to an hour to get the field ready, and there is more rain in the forecast. The turf is old and doesn't drain the way it used to. It is more like a sponge."
UH right-hander Tyler Davis (1-0, 1.93 ERA) will make his first start of the season against the Mavericks (3-7), and right-hander Justin Costi (0-0, 15.88) gets the start against Washington.
In the UTA game, the 'Bows will face either right-hander Chris Taylor (0-1, 6.57) or left-hander Kyle Gainley (0-1, 7.20).
Washington's scheduled pitcher is right-hander Matt Kasser (1-0, 7.88).
Washington 5, No. 11 Arkansas 2
The Huskies backed preseason All-American Tim Lincecum with a four-run first inning and handed the Razorbacks (9-1) their first defeat of the season.
Lincecum held the Razorbacks to four hits in seven innings. UW's career strikeout leader fanned eight, but walked five and it cost him in the sixth inning.
Arkansas starter Chris Rhoads, who entered the game with a 3-0 record and 0.59 earned run average, never got out of the first inning. The Huskies (9-2) turned singles by Andy Lentz, Matt Hague, Matt Lane and Matt Stevens, a hit batter and a passed ball into four runs.
Hague singled to right-center field to start the third, then stole second. The next two Huskies popped out, but UA shortstop John Henry Marquardt made a wild throw to first on Curt Rindal's grounder allowing Hague to score for a 5-0 Washington lead.
Lincecum lost his shutout bid in the sixth when he walked James Ewing and Jake Dugger with two out. Danny Hamblin brought both runners home with a line-drive double into the left-field corner.
The Razorbacks had a good opportunity to reduce their deficit in the seventh when Lincecum loaded the bases on a walk, hit batter and another walk with two outs. But, the junior right-hander fanned Ewing on a 2-2 pitch to escape further trouble.
Washington 5, Arkansas 2
Chris Rhoads, Trey Holloway (1), Lee Land (6) and Brian Walker; Tim Lincecum, Nick Hagadone (8), Elliott Cribby (9) and Matt Lane. W--Lincecum (3-0). L--Rhoads (3-1). Save--Cribby (5).
Leading hitters--Arkansas: Danny Hamblin, 2b; Chris Hollensworth, 2b. Washington: Matt Hague, 2-4; Matt Lane, 2-4, 2b; Matt Stevens, 2-3