Three Hawai'i Runs In The Ninth Sink Pacific, 5-2

Three Hawai'i Runs In The Ninth Sink Pacific, 5-2

Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific baseball team dropped the opener of a three-game series to Hawai'i, 5-2, as the Rainbows scored three in the top of the ninth.

3B Dustin Torchio and SS Brett Sullivan posted RBI singles in the third inning to give Pacific a 2-0 lead, but Hawai'i scored five unanswered runs, tying the game on a two-run double in the seventh, and scoring three in the ninth on four hits.

With two outs in the bottom of the third, CF Tyler Sullivan walked and J.J. Wagner followed with a single to left. Torchio then ripped a single to left center to plate Sullivan, and Brett Sullivan singled up the middle for a 2-0 lead.

Pacific starter LHP John Haberman tossed shutout innings into the seventh, when C Trevor Podratz and SS Austin Wobrock hit back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice bunt, LHP Travis Lumby replaced Haberman and was greeted by a double off the bat of 2B Stephen Ventimilla to tie the game before Lumby posted a pair of infield outs to get out of the inning.

RHP Bryce Lombardi put up a scoreless eighth, but in the Hawai'i ninth, the Rainbows opened the inning with singles by Podratz and Wobrock. Like the seventh, the Rainbows laid down the sacrifice bunt, but the throw to third base skipped into left field, giving Hawai'i the lead and an errant throw to second allowed a second run to score. After a fly out, Pi'ikea Kitamura put up an RBI single for a 5-2 lead.

Hawai'i LHP Lawrence Chew (2-1) tossed a scoreless ninth and earned his second win of the season. Chew threw the final 2.1 innings in relief of RHP Connor Little. Little allowed two runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings in the no decision.

Haberman had no decision in the contest, with a final like of 6.1 innings, eight hits and two earned runs allowed while striking out four. Lombardi (1-2) took the loss, allowing two earned runs on five hits.

Taylor Murphy added two hits in four at bats for Pacific, which falls to 10-30 overall and 3-13 in the Big West. Hawai'i improves to 10-29 overall, 5-11 in Big West play.