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RAINBOW BASEBALL


Bryant brilliant in
Rainbows’ victory

The UH pitcher gives up just
one hit in five-plus innings as
the ’Bows defeat Pacific 10-2

Stephen Bryant allowed one hit in 5 2/3 innings and struck out a career-high 10 batters to highlight Hawaii's 10-2 nonconference victory over Pacific last night at Les Murakami Stadium.

The only hit off the senior right-hander, a first-inning triple by Jerin Harper, came before many of the 1,321 fans had arrived. Bryant fanned the side in the fourth to break his single-game career mark set against Louisiana Tech last year.

"It went well except that I couldn't get my fastball down," Bryant said. "My curve was my out pitch and I set them up with the changeup. I would have liked to get the last out (in the sixth), but I had reached my pitch count (90) and I have a lot of faith in our bullpen."

Pitching coach Chad Konishi said, "Stephen threw his curve for strikes and his changeup was better than last week. It was a lights-out performance."

The teams play the third of the four-game series today at 5:35 p.m. Junior right-hander Colby Summer (1-0) starts for Hawaii (4-2), while junior right-hander Luke Massetti (3-0) goes for Pacific (5-4).

"We came out the gate the same way we did the first game, but the bottom of the order executed well in the third and got us going," said UH coach Mike Trapasso.

For the second consecutive night, the Tigers scored a run in the first. Anthony Jackson walked on four pitches, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Harper's triple to the left-center-field alley. It also was an inning in which Bryant struck out the side.

Hawaii got its first hits in the third and took the lead for good.

Schafer Magana started the third inning by dumping a soft liner into right-center field that went for a double when UOP center fielder Ramon Glasgow redirected the ball toward the right-field line attempting a diving catch.

Derek Dupree, a redshirt freshman making his first UH start, moved Magana to third with a groundout and the 'Bows tied the score when Troy Hanzawa beat out a high bouncer to second for an infield single as Magana raced home.

Joe Spiers extended his hitting streak to six games with a line shot to right that moved Hanzawa to third. Hanzawa then beat pitcher Tyler McCready's throw to the plate on Greg Kish's squeeze bunt for the go-ahead run.

After Isaac Omura walked to load the bases, McCready wild-pitched Spiers home with the third run.

"It was fun to see Hanzawa and Dupree get a start and do well. They give us a different look because they can execute and run. I like that," said Trapasso.

McCready, an Iolani graduate, contributed to an early exit in his homecoming by hitting Esteban Lopez and Magana to start the fourth inning. The Rainbows loaded the bases when Dupree beat out his sacrifice bunt attempt for a single. Spiers lined a one-strike pitch to left, scoring Lopez and Magana. McCready then hit Kish and was replaced by Eric Stolp.

Dupree scored and the other runners advanced on a wild pitch. Omura's sacrifice fly scored Spiers, and Kish came in to up the lead to 8-1 when Luis Avila was safe at first on a throwing error by third baseman Jesse Kovacs.

Hawaii scored runs in the fifth and sixth, the final one on Matt Inouye's RBI double to right-center field that sent Omura, on base with a walk, home.

Left-hander Myles Ioane (Waiakea) made his first appearance of the season, going 1 1/3 innings. He wasn't fazed when an error and a double by Jake Ross put Tigers at second and third with no outs in the seventh. Ioane got out of the inning by getting a bouncer back to the mound and striking out the next two batters.

Another left-hander, junior college transfer Kyle Thomas, pitched a perfect eighth inning.

"I was impressed with Myles and Kyle. You look for this kind of situation to get them out there for the first time. Now I want to see what they can do when the game is tighter," said Trapasso.

Note: When Omura booted Matt Berezay's ground ball in the third inning, it ended the UH second baseman's errorless-games streak at 44.


Hawaii 10, Pacific 2

Pacific AB R H BI Hawaii AB R H BI
Jackson ss 2 1 0 0 Spiers dh 4 2 2 2
Hall ss 0 0 0 0 Piaskowski ph 1 0 0 0
Saunders 2b 2 0 0 0 Kish rf 3 1 0 1
 Ching ph/2b 2 0 0 0 Omura 2b 1 1 0 1
Berezay lf 3 0 0 0  Castillo ph/2b 1 0 0 0
Harper dh 4 0 1 1 Avila 1b 3 0 0 0
Kovacs 3b 3 0 0 0  Roberts ph/1b 2 0 1 0
 Wilmer 3b 1 1 1 0 Inouye cf 4 0 2 1
Baum 1b 4 0 0 0  Nelson ph 1 0 0 0
Ross rf 3 0 1 0  Castaneda cf 0 0 0 0
Glasgow cf 4 0 0 1 Lopez c 3 1 0 0
Gottier c 2 0 0 0 Magana 3b 1 3 1 0
 St. Urbain c 2 0 0 0  Hee 3b 1 0 1 0





Dupree lf 4 1 1 0





Hanzawa ss 2 1 1 1
Totals 32 2 3 2 Totals 31 10 9 6

Pacific 100 000 001 -- 2 3 2
Hawaii 003 511 00x -- 10 9 2

E--Jackson, Kovacs, Omura 2. DP--Pacific 1. LOB--Pacific 7, Hawaii 7. 2B--Wilmer, Ross, Inouye, Magana. 3B--Harper. SH--Kish, Hanzawa. SF--Omura. SB--Jackson.

Pacific IP H R ER BB SO
McCready (L, 1-1) 3 1/3 5 8 7 1 5
Stolp 2/3 1 0 0 0 0
Reynolds 3 2 2 1 3 2
Nakasone 1 1 0 0 0 0
Hawaii IP H R ER BB SO
Bryant (W, 1-0) 5 2/3 1 1 1 3 10
Ioane 1 1/3 1 0 0 0 2
Thomas 1 0 0 0 0 1
Kamai 1 1 1 1 1 1

WP--McCready 2, Stolp, Reynolds, Bryant. HBP--by McCready (Lopez); by McCready (Magana); by McCready (Kish).
Umpires--Nelson Valdez (home), Don Greman (first), Jim LeBeau (third).
T--2:48. A--1,321.



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