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Saturday, February 17, 2001

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


UH’s wild
comeback haunts

The Warriors rally to
beat Wolf Pack, 10-9

By Al Chase

Baseball convention frowns on trying to steal third base with a left-handed batter at the plate.

University of Hawaii assistant coach Thomas Gushiken thought otherwise with Rainbow runners at first and second. Acting head coach Carl Furutani agreed.

"It was a great idea," Furutani said. "We would put pressure on them and see what happens. If it doesn't work, we would still have a runner in scoring position."

The daring play worked, ending a game in which 10 runs were scored in the final two innings.

The Rainbows had to rally from a 8-3 deficit to claim the 10-9 Western Athletic Conference victory over the University of Nevada.

Hawaii erased most of the difference with a four-run eighth, capped by Ryan Anderson's pinch hit, two-run double.

But Curtis Wickwire, who had just four at-bats in the Wolf Pack's first 10 games, singled home Clay Belding in the top of the ninth. Wickwire was 5-for-5 with a walk and five runs batted in, three coming on his home run in the sixth.

Patrick Scalabrini, who jammed his right thumb fielding a ball in the fifth, singled to start the bottom of the ninth. Gregg Omori, who had fanned three times, also singled.

On a sacrifice bunt try, Danny Kimura pushed the ball too close to Nevada reliever George Moran, who got the force out at third.

Unfortunately, Kimura injured his right hamstring on the play. Having used all his position players, Furutani called on Jeff Coleman, Thursday's winning pitcher, to run for Kimura.

Chad Boudon walked on four pitches to load the bases.

Jacob Flick, who entered the game as a pinch runner for fellow catcher Brian Bock in the four-run UH eighth, was up next.

"On the third pitch, I got my pitch to hit. I didn't hit it that great, but they say sometimes the ball has eyes," Flick said.

Nevada second baseman Mike Gillies dove and stopped Flick's high bouncer in short right field, but Omori and Coleman scored to tie the game at 9, setting the stage for a dramatic finish.

Left-hander John Teepe came in to face UH's left-handed hitting Kevin Gilbride.

He had the take sign on the first two pitches.

While Teepe took his warmups, Gushiken told his runners, Chad Boudon at second and Flick at first, what was going to happen.

"We were going to go on the second pitch," Flick said. "We know they throw to the back runner."

With Gilbride up, Nevada first baseman Erick Streelman was not holding Flick.

"I had two feet on the carpet and had the base stolen easily," Flick said.

It didn't matter.

The throw by Wolf Pack catcher Christian Popoff sailed into center field and Boudon scored the game-winning run easily.

That helped everyone forget a horrendous fifth inning in which every UH starting infielder made an error.

Rainbows 10, Wolf Pack 9

Nevada abrhbiHawaii abrhbi
Nickerson lf2000Guillen cf2001
Dickerson ph-lf4211Anderson ph1012
Hass cf210 0Chan cf0000
Belding ph-cf2320Scalbrini 3b-1b4021
Wickwire dh5255Omori 2b5110
Cappuccilli c3002Kimura 1b5000
Popoff c000 0Coleman pr0100
Rangel 3b5000Boudon lf4220
Streelman 1b5011Bock c3000
Laidlaw rf5030Pribble ph1010
Gillies 2b3100Flick pr-c1112
Maguire ss3000Gilbride dh3210

Montgomery rf3221

Wilson ss2011

Nogawa ss1111

Nevada000 024 021 -- 9 12 1
Hawaii020 000 143 -- 10 13 5

One out when winning run scored.
E-Popoff (1), Scalabrini (1), Omori 2 (4), Kimura (2), Wilson (4).
DP-Hawaii 1 (Wilson-Omori-Kimura). LOB-Nevada 14, Hawaii 7.
2B-Dickerson (1), Belding (1), Anderson (2). HR-Wickwire (1). SB-Belding 2 (2), Scalabrini (5), Boudon 2 (6), Flick (1), Gilbride (1). S-Maguire (5), Popoff (2), Gillies (1), Guillen (1). SF-Guillen (1).

Rasner6 1/363337
Holcomb1 2/366612
Moran (L, 0-1) 1/311010
Yamashita5 1/344147
Le Ducq022210
Garrick1 2/321110
Quiroz1 2/342220
Childers (W, 1-0) 1/300000

Le Ducq pitched to three batters in the sixth inning. Garrick pitched to one batter in the eighth inning, Holcomb pitched to two batters in the ninth inning.
WP-Quiroz 2 (2).
Umpires-Tomaszewski (plate), Marpel (first), Montalbo (third). T-3:48. A-1.101.

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