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Star-Bulletin Sports

Wednesday, March 29, 2000

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


Eagles soaring
in Rainbow Easter

Winthrop leads the four-team
field with a 2-0 record after
defeating the mistake-prone
Rainbows, 3-2

By Al Chase


Catching and throwing the ball are basic elements of the game of baseball.

The Winthrop University Eagles had trouble doing it successfully in the fifth inning last night, when the University of Hawaii scored two runs.

But the Rainbows reciprocated with two damaging miscues in the eighth, when the Eagles scored the go-ahead run without benefit of a hit.

Winthrop's 3-2 victory left the 5,500-student school from Rock Hill, N.C., atop the 25th Rainbow Easter Tournament standings.

Junior right-hander Gavin Garrick, making his first career start for Hawaii, and freshman right-hander Ben Thurmond, starting his second game for Winthrop, kept zeros on the scoreboard for the first four innings.

An error, walk and hit batter set up Hawaii's runs that scored on singles by Sean Takamori and Scooter Martines.

UH lost a run on Takamori's hit when Winthrop left fielder Chris Wallace threw out Patrick Scalabrini trying to score from second.

Garrick pitched 5 2/3 innings, the longest outing of his career.

"I felt good. I was excited and had time to prepare mentally," Garrick said. "My fastball was up a lot and in the sixth inning I made a couple of mistake pitches and couldn't hold the lead."

Consecutive doubles by Todd Leathers and Jason Colson scored the Eagles' runs.

Rich Snider relieved Garrick and used just nine pitches to end the sixth and retire the side in order in the seventh.

With one down in the eighth, Snider fielded Jordan Webb's little bouncer in front of the mound, but threw the ball over first baseman Jamie Aloy's head.

Luc Riopel's fly ball to shallow left was dropped by Martines. Leather's sacrifice fly scored Webb with the winning run.

"It was a nothing catch," UH head coach Les Murakami said. "Scooter wasn't having a good day at the plate and I keep telling the guys don't take your offense out on defense."

Thurmond, who played second base Monday and left the game with a sprained right ankle, lasted until he walked Takamori and hit Lane Nogawa with one out in the ninth inning.

Colson came in and closed with ease, getting Martines on a weak grounder to first and striking out Rah-Miel Mitchell with a steady diet of sliders.

Thurmond, who weathered a one-out, bases loaded situation in the sixth, surrendered just four hits.

And the 'Bows could not take advantage of five walks.

"Ben doesn't play like a freshman. He's tough, doesn't get rattled and is very poised," Winthrop coach Joe Hudek said.

"He's been the setup man for Colson, our closer. He has a major league change-up and has pitched so well we had to get him in the rotation. He probably threw 30 percent change-ups.

"When I went out in the sixth, I told him he was dropping his arm. He got it back up and I think he pitched better in the seventh and eighth innings."

Aloy starts for the Rainbows tonight against Pepperdine.

LEWIS-CLARK STATE 4, PEPPERDINE 2: Two-out, run-scoring singles by Brandon O'Leary and Trevor Brown in the third inning put the Warriors ahead, 3-1.

Jeremy Coronado homered for the Waves in the sixth, but LCS' Gabe Boruff hit his first homer of the season in the seventh.

Rainbow Easter Tournament

Lewis-Clark St.11.500255.833

Yesterday's results

Lewis-Clark State 4, Pepperdine 2

Winthrop 3, Hawaii 2

Today's games

Lewis-Clark State vs. Winthrop, 2:30 p.m.

Hawaii vs. Pepperdine, 6:37 p.m.

Tomorrow's games

Pepperdine vs. Winthrop, 2:30 p.m.

Hawaii vs. Lewis-Clark State, 6:37 p.m.

Eagles 3, Rainbows 11

WinthropabrhbiHawaii abrhbi
Webb ss3220Takamori rf4011
Riopel rf-lf4000Nogawa ss3010
Leathers rf-3b3122Baker pr0000
Colson 3b-p3011Martines lf5011
Funk 1b4010Kimura dh4000
Friedman 2b-cf4000Mitchell pr-dh1000
Wallace lf-rf4010Wakakuwa 2b3000
Simmons dh4000Aloy 1b3010
King 3b0000Bock c4100
Neale c3000Scalabrini 3b2000

Jackson cf2100

Gilbride ph1000

Winthrop000002010 - 372
Hawaii000020000 - 242

E-Riopel (1), Friedman (1), Martines (1), Snider (3).

DP-Hawaii 2 (Nogawa-Wakakuwa-Aloy, Scalabrini-Wakakuwa-Aloy). LOB-Winthrop 5, Hawaii 11.

2B-Leathers 2 (13), Colson (11). S-Aloy (5). SF-Leathers (4).

Thurmond (W, 2-1) 8 1/342054
Colson (S, 4)2/3 00001
Garrick5 2/372214
Snider (L, 5-5)2 1/301013

HBP-Jackson and Nogawa (by Thurmond).
Umpires-Torres (plate), Ogawa (first), Pittman (third). T-2:44. A-1,392.

Lewis-Clark State 4, Pepperdine 2

Pepperdine001 001 000--2 9 1
Lewis-Clark St.012 000 10x--4 7 0

Greg Ramirez, Damon Katz (6), Daniel Haren (8) and Dane Sardinha; Chris Mabeus, David Aguilar (7) and Gabe Boruff. W--Mabeus (6-0). L--Ramirez (0-3). S--Aguilar (2).

Leading hitters--Pepp: Chris Spieth, 2-3; Woody Cliffords, 2-4; Austin Evans, 2-4; Jeremy Coronado, solo HR. LCS: Trevor Brown, 3-4, 2b; Brandon O'Leary, 2-4; G. Boruff, solo HR.


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