Sweep of Fresno State saves 'Bows' season


POSTED: Sunday, May 10, 2009

FRESNO, Calif. » Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso didn't even wait for a question.

“;We saved our season,”; he said yesterday evening after the Rainbows swept a doubleheader from Fresno State.

Yeah, you could say that. Hawaii came into yesterday's games having lost seven consecutive Western Athletic Conference affairs and residing in sixth place in the standings. The Rainbows were facing the embarrassing proposition of missing the WAC tournament, which will be held back at Les Murakami Stadium in two weeks.

Instead, they moved back into fourth place and are assured of making the conference tournament thanks to yesterday's 15-10, 15-6 victories. Hawaii also broke the program record for home runs in a season; with five yesterday, the Rainbows have 60, two better than the mark set in 1983.

“;It was a huge day,”; Trapasso said. “;The biggest day of the season. You work from August and it comes down to one day. You really feel the need to win them both on Fresno's field to make sure you get into your own tournament.”;

“;It was beyond huge for us,”; UH right fielder Matt Roquemore said. “;We needed those wins today. Just to keep us alive and keep us going for the WAC tournament and beyond, hopefully.”;

The day began auspiciously for Hawaii (29-22, 11-12 WAC). Ryan Morford led off the first game with a bloop to second base. Danny Muno dove for the ball, but it was ruled no catch. Morford had started to turn toward the dugout before realizing he was safe. Vinnie Catricala knocked Morford in with a single for a 1-0 lead.

The Rainbows built that advantage to 7-1, but as happened in the first two games of the series, the Bulldogs (24-27, 8-12) rallied. Alan Ahmady hit a three-run homer in the fifth to cut the lead to 7-6. However, unlike the first two games, Hawaii responded, building the lead back to 15-7. Greg Garcia hit a two-run homer in the seventh. Kevin Macdonald added a solo shot and Sean Montplaisir hit a two-run bomb in the ninth. Fresno got three runs in the bottom of the ninth to make the score respectable.

In the second game, Kolten Wong got the Rainbows started with a two-run double in the first, then scored on Montplaisir's double. Montplaisir had a huge weekend, going 10-for-16 with three homers and eight RBIs.

The game stayed close into the middle innings. Christian Johnson's three-run homer in the fifth made it 9-4. Fresno State loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Jayson Kramer induced Gavin Hedstrom to ground into a double play to get out of the jam. A six-run seventh put the game out of reach.

Roquemore went 7-for-11 in the doubleheader to pace the offense.

“;That was just one of those days where everything seemed to be going my way,”; Roquemore said. “;It wasn't just me. We had a lot of guys with multiple-hit games, a lot of guys driving in runs.”;

The offense responded to the moment and Hawaii, indeed, saved its season.

“;I think (today's) were the most important games of my life,”; Montplaisir said. “;Everybody went out there with high expectations. We knew we had to take both of them.”;

WAC Standings

 Conference    Overall
San Jose State116.647 35-16
Louisiana Tech119.550 1 1/226-18
Nevada99.500 2 1/224-25
Hawaii1112.478 329-22
New Mexico State910.474 338-13
Sacramento State89.470 326-21
Fresno State812.400 4 1/224-27

Hawaii 15, Fresno State 10
Hawaii 15, Fresno State 6
San Jose State 20, New Mexico State 7
San Jose State 15, New Mexico State 11
Sacramento State 9, Nevada 6
Sacramento State 12, Nevada 6

Sacramento State at Nevada
San Jose State at New Mexico State

Hawaii 15, Fresno State 10

Morford 2b6330Muno 2b3310
Garcia ss6333Robinson lf4330
Catricala 3b4221Ahmady 1b3114
Macdonald 1b3432Mendonca 3b5122
Wong cf5013Gowens rf5010
Montplaisir lf5135Hedstrom cf4110
Johnson dh5120Wise dh4011
Roquemore rf6041Garrison c3000
Fujii c5110Johnson c1000
     Vivas ss3111
     Ribera ph1000

Fresno St.00114010310112

E—Catricala; Wong; Ahmady; Garrison. DP—Hawaii 3; Fresno St. 1. LOB—Hawaii 12; Fresno St. 4. 2B—Morford 2; Macdonald; Montplaisir 2; Johnson, Ch.; Muno; Robinson 2; Wise. HR—Garcia; Macdonald; Montplaisir; Ahmady; Mendonca; Vivas. HBP—Montplaisirl Fujii; Ahmady. SF—Ahmady. SB—Robinson; Mendonca. CS—Catricala.

Klein (W, 2-3)897526
Kendall (L, 2-1)3 1/387751
Poytress2 2/363320

Umpires—Heath Jones (Plate); John Pollack (First); Scott Lakinder (Third).

T—3:02. A—N/A.

Hawaii 15, Fresno State 6

Morford 2b3322Muno 2b2210 
Garcia ss4322Detwiler ph1110
Catricala 3b3211Robinson lf3010
Macdonald 1b5011Johnson ph1000
Wong cf5233Ahmady 1b4112
Montplaisir lf2221Mendonca 3b3111
Johnson dh5123Gowens rf4130
Roquemore rf4232Hedstrom cf2001
Fujii c4000Wise dh3011
     Garrison c3000
     Vivas ss2000
     Ribera ph1000
     Allgrove ss0000

Fresno St.2002101691

E—Catricala; Wong; Hedstrom. DP—Hawaii 1. LOB—Hawaii 7; Fresno St. 5. 2B—Catricala; Wong 2; Montplaisir; Johnson, Ch.; Robinson; Gowens. 3B—Garcia; Wise. HR—Morford; Johnson, Ch. HBP—Montplaisir. SH—Garcia. SF—Hedstrom. CS—Montplaisir.

Alexander (W, 3-1)4 1/385325
Kramer (S, 1)2 2/311000
Sprague (L, 5-3)6119512

Umpires—John Bullack (Plate); Scott Lakinder (First); Heath Jones (Third).

T—2:39. A—N/A.