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Star-Bulletin Sports

Saturday, April 8, 2000

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


Spartans bounce back
twice to defeat 'Bows

Star-Bulletin staff


SAN JOSE, Calif. -Twice the University of Hawaii Rainbows took the lead and twice they failed to hold it last night.

The San Jose State Spartans rode two-run innings in the fourth and seventh to a 4-3 victory in the opener of a three-game Western Athletic Conference baseball series at Municipal Stadium.

The loss knocked the 'Bows out of a first-place tie leaving them one game behind the Spartans and Fresno State, a 9-7 winner over Texas Christian.

UH head coach Les Murakami gave Rah-Miel Mitchell the start in right field because he has more "pop" in his bat.

Mitchell popped one over the left-center field wall in the third inning for his first home run of the year and a 1-0 UH lead.

San Jose State rallied in the fourth when John Fagan singled. After a sacrifice bunt, UH starter Jamie Aloy issued one of his four walks to Gary Ferraro.

Adam Shorsher followed with a two-run double to left center.

Hawaii retook the lead in the seventh. Kenn Wakakuwa singled and moved to second on Patrick Scalabrini's sacrifice.

Mitchell's third hit of the game, a ground single to left, scored Wakakuwa. Mitchell later scored on a error for a 3-2 Rainbow lead.

The Spartans came right back in the bottom of the inning, getting a jump start when Aloy hit lead off batter Brian Stream.

Showing bunt, Ryan Bruckner slashed the ball off Wakakuwa's glove at second for a single.

Junior Ruiz singled Bruckner home to tie the score.

Aloy got Brandon Macchi on a groundout, then walked Fagan intentionally. Tony Tognetti lined to short for the second out, but Aloy walked Ferraro again to force home the winning run.

Pinch runner Nate Jackson got to second base with one out and stole third with two outs in the ninth, but SJSU reliever struck out pinch hitter Lane Nogawa and Shane Chan to end the threat.

Spartan starter Chris Key, who beat Hawaii at Rainbow Stadium last month, picked up his eighth victory without a loss.

WAC standings


Fresno State94.692269.743
San Jose State94.6922311.676
Texas Christian 48.3331324.351

Today's games

San Jose State 4, Hawaii 3

Fresno State 9, Texas Christian 7

Today's games

Hawaii at San Jose State, 10 a.m.

Hawaii-Hilo at Rice, 9 a.m.

Fresno State at Texas Christian

Tomorrow's games

Hawaii at San Jose State, 10 a.m.

Hawaii-Hilo at Rice, 9 a.m.

Fresno State at Texas Christian

Monday's game

Hawaii-Hilo at Rice, 9 a.m.

Spartans 4, Rainbows 3

HawaiiabrhbiSan Jose St.abrhbi
Chan dh5010Stream 2b3100
Baker cf4000Brucker cf3110
Martines lf4010Ruiz lf4031
Kimura 1b3000Macchi rf4010
Wakakuwa c4110Fagan 1b3110
Scalabrini 3b3000Tognetti 3b3000
Mitchell rf4232Ferraro dh2101
Aoki c1000Shorsher c4012
Bock ph-c2010Patchett ss4000
Jackson pr0000

Pico ss1000

Nogawa ph1000


Hawaii010000200 - 371
San Jose State00020020x - 472

E-Pico (12), Shorsher (5), Patchett (8).

DP-Hawaii 1. LOB-Hawaii 7, San Jose State 10.

2B-Ruiz (11), Shorsher (8), HR-Mitchell (1).

SB-Mitchell (3), Jackson (11). S-Kimura (1), Scalabrini (2), Pico (3), Tognetti (2).

Aloy (L, 5-3)6 2/374442
Garrick1 1/300000
San Jose State
Key (W, 8-0) 863224
Adinolfi (S, 5)110003

HBP-Brucker and Stream (by Aloy), Stream (by Garrick).

Umpires-Pedersen (plate), Samuels (first), Kidd (third). T-2:15. A-422.


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