Star-Bulletin Sports

Monday, May 14, 2001



’Bows score sweep

Montgomery saves Hawaii
in the 10th; team comes home
with a shot at a winning record

From staff and wire reports

HILO >> A run scratched out of opportunity and a long ball saved the University of Hawaii yesterday at Francis Wong Stadium.

Needing to win their final six games against UH-Hilo to enjoy a winning season, the Rainbows came within one out of seeing that chance disappear.

Robert Shimabuku, a sophomore right-hander from Kalani High School, limited UH to seven hits, struck out nine and took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning. At one point in the middle innings he retired 10 consecutive Rainbows, with just two balls being hit out of the infield.

But the Vulcans, who have had difficulty putting opponents away all season, failed to do so again in their final Western Athletic Conference home game. Hilo (5-42, 3-30 Western Athletic Conference) will operate as an NCAA Division I independent next season after two years as a provisional member of the WAC in baseball.

Gregg Omori, who had been hitless entering the ninth, got the 'Bows going with a one-out double down the left-field line. Pat Scalabrini then hit a bouncer to third, but Johnny Dudoit dropped the ball for an error. Shimabuku got a 1-2 count on Danny Kimura, then hit the UH first baseman with a pitch to load the bases.

Pinch hitter Aaron Pribble became Shimabuku's ninth strikeout victim for the second out, but Lane Nogawa walked on a 3-1 count to force Omori home with the tying run.

Bryan Lee, in relief of Sean Yamashita, set the Vulcans down in order in the bottom of the 10th to set the stage for a dramatic home run by Tim Montgomery.

The Rainbows' freshman right fielder, who set the school's single-season record for strikeouts a couple of weeks ago, smashed a one-ball offering from Hilo reliever Shaun Suzuki over the left-field fence to lead off the 10th inning.

Hawaii (26-27, 13-20 WAC) would add another run on Kimura's RBI groundout

The Vulcans went down in order in the bottom of the inning.

The Vulcans took advantage of Yamashita's slow start and two UH errors to score three runs in the first inning. Mike Hobbs doubled and scored on Nogawa's error on Kaliko Oligo's grounder. Brian Rooke walked and both runners moved up a base on Keola Park's ground out, then scored on Billy Rayl's single to center.

Yamashita settled down after the first inning and received defensive help from Montgomery, who threw Rayl out at home when he tried to score from second on Justin Kaneshiro's single to right in the fourth.

The series resumes at Rainbow Stadium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The game times are at 6:35 p.m. the first two nights and 6 p.m. Saturday, when retiring Hawaii head coach Les Murakami will be honored.

WAC standings



Yesterday's results

San Jose State 7, Nevada 1
Rice 8, Fresno State 5
Hawaii 5, Hawaii-Hilo 3
Texas Arlington 10, Texas Christian 7

Hawaii 5, UH-Hilo 3

Jackson cf5010Hobbs lf4120
Purtell ss5110Petersen rf0000
Omori dh3110Oligo rf4111
Scalabrini 3b4120Rooke cf3100
Kimura 1b4113Park dh4000
Boudon lf2000Dudoit 3b4000
Guillen phlf1000Rayl ss4022
Pribble ph1000Jinbo c3010
Gilbride lf1000Rhodes 1b4000
Nogawa 2b3021Kaneshiro 2b3010
Flick c2000Sooto ph1000
Bock c1000
Montgomery rf4111


E--Boudon, Nogawa, Dudoit. DP--UH-Hilo 1. LOB--Hawaii 7, UH-Hilo 3. 2B--Omori, Nogawa, Hobbs. HR--Kimura, Montgomery. CS--Jackson, Nogawa, Jinbo. SB--Purtell. SH--Bock, Jinbo.

Lee (W, 5-2)200000
Suzuki (L, 1-1)1322220

WP--Lee. HBP--by Shimabuku (Kimura). Umpires--Lebeau (plate), Ogawa (first), Tomasweski (third).

T--2:40. A--287.

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