Monday, May 11, 1998


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



UH


’Bows fail
to cash in

With a WAC baseball playoff
berth on the line, UH falls short
against San Jose State

By Al Chase
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

The little things a team must do to win big games eluded the University of Hawaii baseball team yesterday.

One less walk, one less wild pitch, a tighter defense or a timely hit or two and the Rainbows could have started packing for this week's Western Athletic Conference playoffs.

That's right. The Rainbows could have captured the final WAC Tournament berth with a victory in yesterday's season finale.

Instead, San Jose State plays New Mexico today in a makeup game. The winner gets the final playoff spot.


By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Hawaii's Darren Blakely, right, stumbles after fouling off a
pitch while San Jose State catcher Mike Wright looks on.



San Jose State (31-22 overall, 13-16 WAC) took advantage of several small but costly Rainbow lapses and got excellent relief pitching from Brian Greene to beat the Rainbows, 5-2, before 1,361 fans at Rainbow Stadium.

The Rainbows finished the season with a 34-22 record, the reverse of last-season's mark. They were last in the WAC West at 12-18, marking the fourth time in the last five seasons they have finished in the cellar.

"It's amazing we even had the chance to go to the playoffs," UH head coach Les Murakami said.

"Everything fell into place. It's just that we didn't win."

Twice in the first four innings the Rainbows had a runner on third base with one out and couldn't score. In the sixth inning they loaded the bases with two outs and came up empty. In the ninth they had runners at first and second with one out and were shut down.


Blakely named to all-WAC team

Junior outfielder Darren Blakely was chosen to the all-Western Athletic Conference second team today.

Blakely hit .329 and led Hawaii in home runs (7), slugging (.527), total bases (109), stolen bases (33) and runs (63).

Rice shortstop Damon Thames was the player of the year. Rice's Wayne Graham was coach of the year.


A timely hit in any of those situations could have changed the complexion of the game.

Despite a heart-breaking loss Friday and a blowout defeat Saturday, the Spartans did the right things yesterday to keep their playoff hopes alive.

They turned walks off UH starter Dusty Bergman in the first and fourth innings into runs with a little help from the 'Bows. In the first, a wild pitch by Bergman allowed Brian Forman to reach second base. He scored on Casey Cheshire's two-out single.

Center fielder Darren Blakely, after a long run, made a diving attempt to rob Cheshire of a hit, but failed to hold on to the ball when he hit the artificial turf.


By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
UH's Brandon Martin squares off with
Kyle Richardson after a play at first base.



In the fourth inning, UH third baseman Matt Wheeler bobbled Joe Chutuk's sharp grounder. Wheeler had to settle for an out at first base instead of a possible double play. Kyle Richardson moved to second on the play and then scored on Joe Lauderdale's single to center.

A one-out double by Todd Duncan, a hit batter and a walk finished Bergman.

SJSU then scored on a wild pitch by UH reliever Gavin Garrick, and Tony James knocked in another run with a sacrifice fly, giving SJSU a 4-0 lead.

Garrick went on to pitch three strong innings in his longest outing of the season. He allowed three hits, no walks and struck out four in 323 innings.

"I didn't quite get the job done," the freshman right-hander said.


By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Rainbow infielder Michael Dartt nabs San Jose State
baserunner Jon Launderdale with a force out at second base.



"To me, the bright spot today was Gavin Garrick," Murakami said. "But we just didn't play as well defensively as we had to in a game like this."

Two-out singles by Neal Honma and Blakely in the fifth inning accounted for the Hawaii runs.

Greene, a right-hander, relieved SJSU starter Joey Baker in the sixth and fanned Honma with the bases loaded to end Hawaii's last serious threat. Greene struck out six in 313 innings to earn his third save of the season.

Tapa

Box Score

bullet Spartans 5, Rainbows 2

San Jose State		Fresno State
		ab	r	h	bi			ab	r	h	bi
Lewis cf	4	1	1	0	Dartt ss	3	0	0	0
Forman ss	3	1	1	0	Honma rf	3	1	1	1
James 2b	3	0	1	2	Aloy 1b		4	0	1	0
Cheshier dh-3b	5	0	2	1	Blakely cf	4	0	2	1
Richardson 1b	3	1	0	0	Nakano dh	4	0	0	0
Chutuk 3b	4	0	0	0	Konishi ph	1	0	0	0
Lauderdale lf	4	0	2	1	Martin lf	4	0	1	0
Wright c	3	0	0	0	Wheeler 3b	4	0	0	0
Duncan rf	3	2	1	0	Aoki c		4	0	2	0
						Chan 2b		4	1	2	0
Totals		32	5	8	4	Totals		35	2	9	2

San Jose State	100	120	001--5
Hawaii		000	020	000--2
E--Dartt (22).

LOB--SJSU 8, UH 12.

2B--Duncan (6), Blakely (10), Chan (2). SB--Forman (24). SH--Honma (6). SF--James 2 (4).

			IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO
Jo. Baker (W, 6-2)	5-2/3	7	2	2	3	2
Greene (S, 3)		3-1/3	2	0	0	1	6
Bergman (L, 4-5)	4-1/3	4	4	4	3	3
Garrick			3-2/3	3	0	0	0	4
Baptista		0	0	1	1	1	0
Yoshimasu		1	1	0	0	0	0
Baptista pitched to two batters in the ninth.

WP--Jo. Baker (4), Bergman (13), Garrick (4), Baptista (9). HBP--Blakely (by Jo. Baker), Lewis (by Bergman), Wright (by Baptista).

Umpires--Rodriguez (plate), Pedersen (first), Ogawa (third).

T--3:12. A--1,361.

Tapa

WAC

bullet West Division

		Conference		Overall
		W	L	Pct.	GB	W	L	Pct.
x-Fresno St.	19	11	.633		30	26	.535
y-S. Diego St.	18	12	.600	1	31	23	.574
San Jose St.	13	16	.448	51/2	31	22	.585
Hawaii		12	18	.400	7	34	22	.607
bullet North Division

		Conference		Overall
		W	L	Pct.	GB	W	L	Pct.
x-Gr. Canyon	16	14	.533		28	25	.528
Brig. Young	13	17	.433	3	29	24	.547
Utah		11	19	.367	5	23	31	.425
Air Force	7	23	.233	9	14	39	.264	
bullet South Division

		Conference		Overall
		W	L	Pct.	GB	W	L	Pct.
x-Rice		26	4	.867		41	15	.732
y-TCU		18	11	.621	71/2	33	21	.611
Nev-Las Vegas	13	17	.433	13	31	24	.564
New Mexico	12	16	.429	13	24	29	.453
x Clinched division title.

y Clinched playoff berth.

bullet Yesterday's results

San Jose State 5, Hawaii 2

New Mexico 16, Nevada-Las Vegas 8

Rice 7, Texas Christian 1 (1st)

Texas Christian 11, Rice 4 (2nd)

bullet Today's game

San Jose State at New Mexico



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