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Star-Bulletin Sports

Monday, March 13, 2000

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

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Rainbows infielder Matthew Pertell and TCU's Jason Price
look for the umpire's call after a play at second. Price was out.

Rainbows tied
for WAC lead

By Al Chase


There is no better way to leave the islands for the first road trip of the season than following a three-game sweep of a conference foe.

The University of Hawaii Rainbows amassed 20 hits in defeating Texas Christian, 14-6, at Rainbow Stadium yesterday.

The victory put the Rainbows into a first-place tie with Fresno State in the Western Athletic Conference with 5-1 records.

The Bulldogs (19-5 overall) host Hawaii Friday, Saturday and Sunday in an early season showdown.

Yesterday's game was tied, 2-2, after four innings, a good pitching matchup between TCU's Chris Frazier and UH's Rich Snider.

Then things disintegrated for the Horned Frogs (2-4 WAC, 7-17 overall) the rest of the way, and briefly for the Rainbows in the sixth.

Danny Kimura's two-out single started a five-run UH outburst in the bottom of the fifth.

Kenn Wakakuwa was hit by a pitch and both runners scored on Jamie Aloy's double to left.

Patrick Scalabrini singled Aloy home and advanced to second on the throw to the plate. Darin Baker singled, scoring Scalabrini, and took second on the throw home. He scored the fifth run on a double by Rory Pico.

TCU came back with four runs in the top of the sixth with help from Snider, who threw a potential double-play ball into center field.

"I would have been out of the inning if I had made a decent throw to second. I really messed up there," Snider said.

But the 'Bows had an answer. They kept right on pounding the TCU bullpen.

"We came back and scored one, then scored three in the next inning and that's important," said UH head coach Les Murakami.

Scalabrini was 4-for-5. Kimura and Scooter Martines each had three hits.

Baker, starting for the injured Derek Honma in center field, singled and doubled.

"Darin is a senior and fighting for a spot. He's getting more aggressive and you can't beat experience. He had a great game and I'm happy for him," Murakami said.

Martines isn't fooled as often by the breaking pitch these days. He ripped one into the left-field corner in the fifth, but was cut down trying to take third on a short passed ball.

"I'm still battling them, but I'm recognizing them earlier. I've just got to let that pitch get a little deeper before I decide to swing," Martines said. "We're winning, so that's all that matters."

Another bright spot was Gavin Garrick's three innings of one-hit relief.

Garrick walked one, struck out three and earned the save.

"Gavin looked very good in an intrasquad scrimmage, so I expected him to look good," said Murakami. "He's been coming along and probably would be our fourth starter when we need one."

The Rainbows, who have won nine of their last 10 games, leave today for California.

They play a nonconference game at Cal State Sacramento Wednesday before heading to Fresno, Calif.

WAC standings


Fresno State51.833195.792
San Jose State33.500146.700
Texas Christian 24.333717.292

Yesterday's results

Hawaii 14, Texas Christian 6

San Jose State 7, Pacific 4

Tomorrow's games

Rice at McNeese State

St. Mary's (Calif.) at San Jose State

Wednesday's game

Hawaii vs. Cal State Sacramento at Stockton, Calif.

Rainbows 14, Horned Frogs 6

TCUabrhbiHawaii abrhb1
Groomer 3b4010Takamori rf6121
Moses 2b3010Purtell 2b4101
Hamilton lf4110Martines lf6131
Price c4110Nogawa ss0000
Bates cf4110Kimura 1b4131
Scala 1b4122Wakakuwa 2b4111
Macha ss4121Aloy 1b5232
Wilson cf0000Scalabrini 3b5141
Rogers c2000Baker cf4321
Bratton ph1000Pico ss 2 2 11
Phillips c1000Mitchell ph-lf1112

Texas Christian020004000 - 692
Hawaii00205133x - 14202

E-Scala (5), Durham (1), Wakakuwa (3), Snider(1).

DP-UH 2 (Wakakuwa-Purtell, Purtell-Nogawa-Aloy). LOB-TCU 7, UH 10.

2B-Martines (4), Aloy (7), Scalabrini (2), Baker (2). 3B-Scala (1). SB-Bates (1), Macha 2 (6), Pico (2). CS-Price (3), Martines (1).

Texas Christian
Frazier (L, 1-4) 4 2/385512
Newton 1/332200
Gardner 1/321101
Osentowski 2/321002
Snider (W, 4-3)586413
Sato 2/300010
Olivera 1/300010
Garrick (S, 1)310013

WP-Snider (2). PB-Wakakuwa (2). HBP-Purtell, Wakakuwa (by Frazier), Groomer (by Sato).

Umpires-Daugherty (plate), Ridd (first), Tomaszewski (third). T-3:03. A-1,374.


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