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Star-Bulletin Sports

Tuesday, March 28, 2000

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

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Hawaii's Kenn Wakakuwa beats a throw to Lewis and
Clark State catcher Gabe Boruff.

Rainbows win
opener in Easter

UH uses four pitchers in an 11-8
victory over Lewis Clark State

By Al Chase


Put on an extra pot of coffee.

The week-long Rainbow Easter Tournament is upon us and it took almost eight hours to complete yesterday's opening day games.

The brand of baseball wasn't top notch, but it was lively enough to keep the 1,234 Rainbow Stadium fans interested until the final out.

The University of Hawaii outlasted error-prone Lewis-Clark State, 11-8, and Winthrop University needed 12 innings to defeat Pepperdine University, 6-5.

Hawaii built a 4-0 lead behind redshirt freshman Chad Giannetti, but a throwing error by third baseman Patrick Scalabrini helped the Warriors close the gap with three runs in the fourth inning.

LCS took the lead in the fifth and made the score 6-4 in the top of the sixth before disaster struck.

A throwing error by reliever John Veitch on Darin Baker's sacrifice bunt allowed one run to score.

After Danny Kimura and Kenn Wakakuwa walked, Jamie Aloy hit a long drive to center that Jason Ellison dropped as three Rainbows crossed the plate.

Kramer Aoki's single moved Aloy to third. Scalabrini, who had grounded out to shortstop five of his last six trips to the plate, singled to left, scoring Aloy. Rory Pico, who started the inning by getting hit with a pitch, singled to right, scoring Aoki.

Wakakuwa continued his hot hitting. He had three singles, walked twice and drove in three runs in five plate appearances.

"I've been lucky. I've been putting the ball in play and it's been going through," Wakakuwa said. "But I'm not really making contact the way I would like."

UH head coach Les Murakami used five pitchers with Manuel Olivera getting the win.

"Giannetti started off very well and then our third baseman made and error and should have gotten the other ball that hit him in the chest," Murakami said.

"It just shows you how fragile young pitchers are because Giannetti unraveled after that. It's not a matter of having ability, but a matter of being able to overcome adversity."

Freshman right-hander Bryan Lee ended the LCS fourth with one pitch, but gave up two singles, a double and triple in the fifth.

"Lee got hit, but that's OK," Murakami said. "He throws strikes, but has to learn to change speeds."

Olivera bailed the Rainbows out in the fifth, but had trouble with his location in the sixth.

Ian Jones followed and pitched two of his better innings this season, allowing just one hit, a booming double to right-center field by Trevor Brown in the eighth.

Scalabrini then redeemed himself defensively with a bare-hand pick up of a slow roller and an accurate throw to first for the second out of the inning.

Jones got Chad Kline to fly out to end the inning and Sean Yamashita pitched a perfect ninth.

"Ian is getting better, but still made a mistake pitch," Murakami said.

Winthrop 6, Pepperdine 5: The Eagles scored twice in the top of the 12th.

Jason Colson, who hit a three-run homer in the third, tripled to start the inning. Conrad Funk singled Colson home, then took third when Todd Friedman slapped a single off the glove of Waves shortstop Tony Garcia. After a walk to Todd Wallace, John Neale's high bouncer to second scored what proved to be the winning run.

Pepperdine loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but Dane Sardinha hit a one bouncer to third that Colson turned into a 5-3 double play.

Rainbows 11, Warriors 8

Lewis-Clark StabrhbiHawaii abrhbi
Kimura 2b5121Takamori rf4120
Koshelnik rf4011Baker cf3310
Strankman ss4011Martines lf4110
Ellison cf5000Kimura dh3201
O’Leary dh4100Wakakuwa 2b3133
Woods lf5230Aloy 1b3100
Brown 1b5232Aoki c4110
Pierce c2000Scalabrini 3b5011
Hellman ph1010Pico ss4111
Boruff c1000

Diaz c1000

Kline 3b4 2 22

Lewis-Clark State000321200 - 8134
Hawaii20200610x - 11101

E-Ellison 2 (2), Natale (1), Veitch (1), Scalabrini (9).

DP-None. LOB-LCS 13, UH 11.

2B-Kimura (4), Woods (10), Brown 2 (9), Kline (4), Martines (5). 3B-Woods (1). SB-Woods (5), Takamori 2 (15), Wakakuwa 2 (2), Aloy2). SH-Baker (2), Aloy (4).

Lewis-Clark State
Natale 565358
Veitch (L, 2-1) 2/3 25021
Ferrari 121120
Hutchison 1 1/3 00002
Giannetti3 2/3 63032
Lee 2/3 42201
Olivera (W, 2-0)1 2/3 23322
Yamashita (S, 2)100000

Natale pitched to two batters in the sixth inning.

Olivera pitched to two batters in the seventh inning.

WP-Natale 2 (8), Ferrari (1), Jones (3). PB-Pierce (3). HBP-Takamori and Pico (by Natale), O'Leary (by Olivera).

Umpires-Tomaszewski (plate), Torres (first), Ogawa (third), T-3:47. A-1,234.

Winthrop 6, Pepperdine 5

First game

12 innings

Winthrop000 300 100 002--6 10 3
Pepperdine010 300 000 001--5 11 0
Christian Tomsich, Keith Pawlish (4), Ryan Chenard (9), David Patterson (10) and John Neale; Matt Wersel, Noah Lowry (7), Steve Schenewerk (11) and Dane Sardinha. W--Patterson (4-0). L--Schenewerk (3-1).

Leading hitters--Winthrop: Todd Friedman, 3-5, 2b; Jason Colson, 2-5, 3b, 3-run HR; John Neale, 2 RBIs. Pepperdine: Austin Evans, 2-3, 2b; Jeremy White, 2-3; Dane Sardinha, 2-5, 2b; Jeremy Coronado, 2-5; Woody Cliffords, 3-run HR; Danny Garcia, 2b.


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