Wednesday, March 25, 1998

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

Aloy, ’Bows cruise

He throws Hawaii's first shutout
in almost two years as UH improves
to 2-0 in its Easter baseball tournament

By Al Chase


The windy and misty weather at Rainbow Stadium last night was nothing compared to the chilling effect University of Hawaii left-hander Jamie Aloy had on the Lewis-Clark State bats.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder scattered eight hits, walked none and struck out five in spinning the Rainbows' first shutout in almost two years.

The 5-0 victory left UH tied with the University of Hawaii at Hilo for first place with 2-0 records in the 23rd Rainbow Easter Tournament standings.

The Rainbows (22-11) and Vulcans play tonight at 6:35.

Aloy, who normally plays first base, is used sparingly on the mound because UH head coach Les Murakami prefers to have his bat in the lineup.

In the past, Aloy also served as the designated hitter when pitching, but that had a negative influence on his plate performance.

"It's hard for me to concentrate on two things at one time, especially in a close game situation," Aloy said.

Last night, Joe Whitsett took care of the DH role and went 3-for-4, and Aloy fashioned his first collegiate shutout.

A minor change in Aloy's pitching motion, suggested by Murakami, was the key.

"Earlier this year, he would throw strikes, but his pitches were up," Murakami said. "All we did was have him pitch the same way he would throw the ball to second base from first. It was just to give him more movement (on his pitches) and to keep the ball down."

"It's a little bit more to three-quarters, and I used it effectively," Aloy said. "I have two-plane movement (in and out, up and down) now and I throw a little bit harder.

"I've been working at it little by little every day in front of the mirrors. I haven't had a chance to really work at it in the bullpen."

The Warriors (16-7 overall, 1-1 tournament) managed to get two runners aboard just twice. Toby Cheff and Brian Nannini singled to start the second inning.

A double play started by shortstop Michael Dartt eased the threat, and a one-bouncer back to Aloy ended the inning.

The sophomore from Baldwin High School didn't have a pitch limit. His tenure on the mound depended on how he felt. UH pitching coach Carl Furutani asked just once.

Aloy admitted he was tired in the ninth, when LCS again put two men on, but with two down. As in the second, a grounder to Dartt ended the threat.

"I got ahead on the count, but I just didn't have the finishing touch," Aloy said. "I'd like to put in my fair share (on the mound), but I really want to swing the bat."

"I think he kind of set the tone for the rest of the staff," Murakami said. "We're going into the WAC and I'm looking for pitchers who can throw strikes. If they can't, I can't afford it."

Aloy isn't overpowering. He can hit 85 mph with a pitch, but his effectiveness comes from changing speeds and being clever.

The Rainbows took a 2-0 lead in the third when Greg Millichap ripped a double inside third base to score Shane Chan and Dartt.

A wild pickoff attempt to first by LCS reliever John Veitch allowed Whitsett to score from third in the fifth, and Neal Honma doubled Dartt home in the sixth.

Dartt scored the final run in the eighth when he walked, took second on another careless Veitch pickoff attempt, moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a passed ball.

Whitsett, who along with fellow freshman outfielder Brandon Martin will have to wait for a full-time role, raised his average to .479 (23-for-48).

"It seems like he's just a hitting machine," Murakami said. "I told the freshman I'm going to give the outfielders, the juniors and seniors we have, every opportunity to do well. Unless they just fall flat on their face. I told the freshman I'll play you as much as I can. I'll do the same thing when they come to that age. They understand."

Whitsett had a two-strike count on two of his hits and a 2-2 count on the third. No matter what the count, he doesn't consider himself to be in a hole. He just chokes up on the bat and protects the plate more with two strikes.

"I don't let too many good pitches go by," he said. "A pitcher is only going to give you one good pitch, and I try to take advantage of that.

"Anytime in the count -- first pitch, second pitch, two strikes, anything -- if the pitch is a strike, I'm going to swing at it. I think that's really good to be thinking that way."

With two hit-batters, the Rainbows have been plunked 50 times this year, a new record. The previous high was 49 in 1992.

The last complete-game shutout by a 'Bow was Paul Ah Yat's seven-inning, 6-0 win over Cal State Northridge on April 12, 1996.

° Hawaii-Hilo 9, Cal Poly-SLO 6: The Vulcans (11-20 overall, 2-0 tournament) broke a 5-5 tie with four runs in the fifth inning. Clinton Vaughan and Paul Yap had RBI singles. UHH scored another run on a bases-loaded walk to Scott Wallis, and its final run came on a wild pitch.

It was the Vulcans' seventh win in eight games.

Chris Hageman had four hits and Matt Brady tripled in three runs for the Mustangs (7-24, 0-2).

° Nebraska 3, Wright State 2: Ken Harvey's two-out single scored pinch runner Justin Valasek with the winning run in the top of the ninth for Nebraska (8-7, 1-1).

Brian Bautsch and Chuck Kesterke knocked in runs for the Raiders (10-8, 0-2).

Easter egg

Jamie Aloy pitched UH's first shutout in nearly two years yesterday in the Rainbow Easter Tournament:

° Innings: 9

° Hits: 8

° Walks: 0

° Strikeouts: 5

° Record: 1-0.

° Of note: Lowered his ERA from 5.25 to 3.32 and recorded his first collegiate shutout

° Rainbow Easter Tournament

Tournament	Overall
 W L Pct. GB	W	L	Pct.
Hawaii	2	0	1.000	--	22	11	.667
Hawaii-Hilo	2	0	1.000	--	11	20	.355
Lewis-Clark St.	1	1	.500	1	16	7	.696
Nebraska	1	1	.500	1	8	7	.533
Wright State	0	2	.000	2	10	8	.556
Cal Poly-SLO	0	2	.000	2	7	24	.226
Lewis-Clark State		Hawaii
			ab	r	h	bi				ab	r	h	bi
Riley 2b	4	0	1	0	Millichap lf	5	0	1	2
Larson c	4	0	0	0	Honma rf	4	0	2	1
Pierce c	0	0	0	0	Martin rf	0	0	0	0
Luther 3b	4	0	1	0	Whitsett dh	4	1	3	0
Flanagan rf	4	0	1	0	Nakano ph	1	0	0	0
Cheff 1b	4	0	2	0	Wheeler 3b	5	0	2	0
Nannini lf	2	0	1	0	Blakely cf	3	0	1	0
Heriford lf	2	0	1	0	Perreira 1b	3	0	0	0
Strankman ss	2	0	0	0	Aoki c	4	0	0	0
Goetz ss	1	0	0	0	Chan 2b	4	1	1	0
Kline ph	1	0	0	0	Dartt ss	2	3	2	0
O’Leary dh	2	0	0	0
Totals		34	0	8	0	Totals	35	5	12	3

Lewis-Clark St.	000	000	000--0
Hawaii	002	011	01x--5
E--Riley (5), Huxhold (1), Veitch (2).

DP--UH 1 (Dartt-Chan-Perreira). LOB--LCS 7, UH 12.

2B--Millichap (3), Honma 2 (10). SB--Dartt (11), Blakely (23), Martin (3). S--Dartt (6).

Huxhold (L, 3-2)	4-1/3	9	3	2	1	4
Veitch			3-2/3	3	2	0	2	3
Aloy (W, 1-0)	9	8	0	0	0	5
WP--Veitch. PB--Pierce. HBP--Blakely and Perreira (by Veitch).

Umpires--Ogawa (plate), Montalbo (bases).

T--2:40. A--1,229.

° Nebraska 3, Wright State 2

Nebraska	100	100	001--3	9	0
Wright State	010	001	000--2	8	0
Kenny Duebelbeis, Jarod Bearinger (6), Brian Zubor (9), Tevis Arnold (9) and Andy Sawyers, Brian Johnson (9); Todd Cerankowski, Chris Bedford (7), Mark Squire (9) and Chuck Kesterke. W--Bearinger (2-1). L--Squire (3-1). Sv--Arnold (2).

Leading hitters--Neb: Craig Moore, 3-4; Erik Mumm, 2-4; Cliff Durham, 2b. WS: Brian Bautsch, 2-4; Bill Stoski, 2b; Jason Cohill, 2b; Jim Morris, 2b.

° Hawaii-Hilo 9, Cal Poly-SLO 6

Hawaii-Hilo	001	440	000--9	13	1
Cal Poly-SLO	004	101	000--6	11	1
Chris Saringan, Kaholo Rickard (4), Jason Lippert (9) and Clinton Vaughan; Jeff Wallace, Stan Acres (5) and Scott Sheldon. W--Rickard (1-2). L--Wallace (1-3). Sv--Lippert (2).

Leading hitters--UHH: Layne Takahashi, 4-4, 3b; Paul Yap, 4-5, 2 RBIs; Jonny Young, 2b; Shaye Miura, 2 RBIs. CP: Chris Hageman, 4-4; Tanner Trosper, 2-4; Matt Brady, 3b, 3 RBIs; Chris Hageman, 2b; Jason Barringer, 2b.

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