Ruston, La. The University of Hawai`i(29-29) defeated the University of Nevada(32-25) baseball team 14-5 in the final game of day two of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Friday night at J.C. Love Field in Ruston, La. to send the Wolf Pack into the losers bracket. The Pack will now take on Sacramento State in a elimination game at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday afternoon. With the loss Nevada is now 32-25 on the season while the Rainbows evened their season mark at 29-29.
UH scored 11 runs in the first four innings of the game with three in the first, second and fourth innings and two in the third to take a commanding 11-3 advantage after four innings of play and Nevada was unable to recover falling by a final score of 14-5.
Hawai`i struck first in the bottom of the first inning scoring three runs on four hits as eight hitters came to the plate to stake the Rainbows to a 3-0 lead. With two down right fielder Jeffrey Van Doornum hit a three-run homer to right center field to account for the big inning.
In the top of the second inning the Pack loaded the bases with two out but Van Doornum ran down a line drive in right center field off the bat of center fielder Jason Sadoian to keep Nevada off the scoreboard.
The Rainbows chased Pack starter Kyle Howe in the bottom of the third inning scoring three more runs on three hits. Center fielder Brandon Haislet’s two-run homer knocked Howe out of the game as Derek Achelpohl was brought out of the bullpen to get the final out of the inning but it was to late as the damage was done.
Nevada got on the scoreboard in the top of third inning when designated hitter Terry Walsh’s single to left field scored left fielder Matt Bowman who started the inning with a single. The Pack scored two runs in the fourth and two more in the eighth to account for their five runs in the game.
Howe(8-3) lost for the third time this season and second time to the Rainbows giving up six runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings on the mound. UH starter Joshua Schneider(6-2) earned his sixth win of the season allowing five runs on 12 hits in 7.1 innings on the mound.
Bowman(3-for-3,R) led Nevada with three hits and scored a run. Walsh(2-for-3,RBI), Hale(2-for-5,R) and Rodland(2-for-4,2R,RBI) added two each. Four different Pack hitters drove in a run.