Rainbows rule


POSTED: Saturday, April 04, 2009

The last time Jayson Kramer pitched, Hawaii got no-hit.

It was going to take a similar performance to beat Kramer and the 'Bows on this night.

The senior right-hander tossed eight scoreless innings and Vinnie Catricala supplied all the offense Hawaii needed in a 3-0 shutout of San Jose State to open the Western Athletic Conference season last night in front of a Les Murakami Stadium crowd of 2,597.

Catricala blasted a two-run homer off Spartans starter David Berner in the seventh inning that landed halfway up the tree behind the wall in left-center to increase Hawaii's lead to three.

Kramer (2-3) didn't need the extra two runs, as he combined with reliever Lenny Linsky to record the Rainbows' first shutout since April 20 of last year against Nevada.

“;(Kramer) was the story of the game,”; Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso said. “;I was just as impressed with (Berner), but Jayson made some big pitches.”;

It's the third combined shutout for Kramer, but first as a starter. He matches his career high with eight innings, scattering six hits while walking two and striking out two.

“;I was just using my two-seamer pretty much the entire game and they were just banging it straight into the ground, which let me keep my pitch count down,”; Kramer said.

He threw 93 pitches in eight innings and recorded 20 of his 24 outs on ground balls. He walked his first batter of the game in the seventh and Karson Klauer drew a leadoff walk in the eighth; Kramer immediately got Jason Martin to ground into a double play, one of three on the day for the Spartans.

“;He was a little in and out of rhythm late, but was able to get his sinker into the zone to get a ground ball when he needed to,”; Trapasso said. “;We'll chalk that up to a good start and now we've got to do it again tomorrow.”;

Berner (5-1), who came into the game undefeated, was perfect through the order the first time around.

Greg Garcia got the 'Bows untracked with a leadoff triple in the fourth inning and scored on a RBI single by Ryan Morford that got past the second baseman and into right field.

Berner needed only four pitches to get through the sixth inning and kept the Spartans in it until Catricala stepped to the plate in the seventh.

After Morford led off the inning with a hit, Catricala smashed a 1-0 offering from Berner deep over the 365-foot sign in left-center, the ball disappearing into the tree behind the second wall.

“;It was more than a blast - it was Ruthian,”; Kramer said. “;That was huge. That got everyone off their seats in the stadium.”;

There wouldn't be any more scoring, but the Spartans gave it a run in the ninth off Linsky. The freshman right-hander issued a one-out walk to Jacob Burns and gave up a ground-rule double to Corey Valine with two outs to bring the tying run to the plate.

John Shaffer worked the count to 3-1 against Linsky, but eventually popped up to shallow center. Kolten Wong ran underneath it to give Linsky the first save of his career.

“;Lenny wasn't great, but he got the job done,”; Trapasso said.

The Rainbows (17-9, 1-0 WAC) won their league opener for the third year in a row and stretched their recent hot streak to 14-3 over the last 17 games.

Hawaii continues the series with the Spartans (19-6, 0-1) with today's doubleheader that starts at 3 p.m.

Jared Alexander (0-1, 4.58 ERA) will oppose Max Peterson (5-0, 2.70) in the first game, while Matt Sisto (3-1, 3.69) will face Ryan Shopshire (1-1, 4.79) in the nightcap.

WAC standings

New Mexico State101.000 -26-3
Hawaii101.000 -17-9 
Nevada101.000 -12-15
Fresno State00.000 1/215-11
San Jose State01.000 119-6
Sacramento State01.000 116-10
Louisiana Tech01.000 112-10

3, San Jose State 0
Nevada 8, Louisiana Tech 5
New Mexico State 7, Sacramento State 6
Fresno State 9, Cal State Bakersfield 8

San Jose State at Hawaii (2), 3 p.m., Les Murakami Stadium
Sacramento State at New Mexico State (2)
Nevada at Louisiana Tech (2)
Cal State Bakersfield at Fresno State

San Jose State at Hawaii, 1:05 p.m., Les Murakami Stadium
Sacramento State at New Mexico State
Nevada at Louisiana Tech
Cal State Bakersfield at Fresno State

Hawaii 3, San Jose State 0

Hertler 2b3010Garcia ss4110
Klauer dh3000Morford 2b3121
Martin cf4000Catricala 3b3112
Bellows ss4010Macdonald 1b3000 
Stienstra 1b4020Wong cf3000 
Bruns rf3010Hernandez c3010
Aguilera c3000Van Doornum lf3010
Canez ph1000Roquemore rf3010
Valine 3b3010Hoey dh3000
Heil pr0000 
Shaffer lf4010

San Jose State000000000- 071

E-Berner; Catricala; Hernandez. DP-SJSU 3; Hawaii 2. LOB-SJSU 9; Hawaii 1. 2B-Valine. 3B-Garcia. HR-Catricala. CS-Shaffer.

Berner (L, 5-1)873303 
Kramer (W, 2-3)860022
Linsky (S, 1)110011 

Umpires-Kelly Gonzales (Plate); Jim Garmen (First); Jason Rogers(Third).

T-2:00. A- 2,597.