Rain forces ’Bows to play 2
Hawaii is out of the tournament's title race but will have a say in which team wins it today
Rain forced the postponement of the Hawaii-Washington game in the First Hawaii Title Baseball Tournament last night at Rainbow Stadium.
The teams will play two games today. A nine-inning game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m., followed by a seven-inning game that will begin no earlier than 7 p.m.
First Hawaii Title Rainbow Tournament
At Les Murakami Stadium
» Arkansas 5, Texas-Arlington 3
» Arkansas vs. Texas-Arlington, 10 a.m.
» Hawaii vs. Washington, 4 p.m.
» Hawaii vs. Washington, 7 p.m.
Also, the game between Arkansas and Texas-Arlington has been moved to a 10 a.m. start.
Washington (11-3 overall, 2-1 tourney) has the upper hand in the tournament-title chase because of its victory over Arkansas. If the Huskies defeat the Rainbows (12-5, 1-2) twice, they are the champions.
However, if the Huskies lose one of the games and No. 11 Arkansas (11-1, 3-1) beats Texas-Arlington (4-10, 1-3) in the morning, then the Razorbacks would be champions. If UH sweeps, Arkansas is the champion, win or lose.
Hawaii will start left-hander Ian Harrington (1-1, 3.28 earned-run average) in the first game and left-hander Mark Rodrigues (1-1, 4.64) in the second game.
Yesterday's first game was delayed 64 minutes by rain. The rain started again just before the end of the Razorbacks-Mavericks game and came down harder as the 'Bows and Huskies warmed up in the outfield.
There was one attempt to make the home plate area playable around 7:15 p.m., but the rain continued and the game was postponed at 7:40 p.m.
No. 11 Arkansas 5, Texas-Arlington 3
The Razorbacks broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the fourth inning on consecutive doubles by Blake Parker and Clint Walker.
The win keeps the Hogs' hopes alive for the tournament title.
The Mavericks scored a pair of runs in the first inning when the first three batters reached base.
Daniel Rieder singled to left-center and David McLeod walked. Adam Moore's double to left-center scored Rieder. McLeod stopped at third, then scored on David Newby's one-out grounder.
The Razorbacks got one run back in the bottom of the inning on a leadoff double by Chris Hollensworth and Wayne Hrozek's line single to center.
Brian Walker walked with one out and took second on a wild pickoff throw by UTA starter Austin Bridges. Walker then moved to third on a fly to center and scored on Stephen Robison's single to center as the Hogs tied the score at 2-2.
Danny Hamblin's third home run of the tournament, over the right-center-field wall with James Ewing aboard in the fifth, put the Hogs up 5-2.
Moore's third home run of the tournament cut the Arkansas lead to 5-3 in the top of the eighth.