SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The University of Hawaii scored nine runs over
the final three innings to rally for a 9-7 win over Sacramento State
Tuesday afternoon at Hornet Field.
The win improved the Rainbows to 23-24 overall and gave the team its
third win in four games. The Hornets dropped to 19-29 overall and
have now lost 19 of their past 23.
Sacramento State opened the game with a bang, scoring three runs on
three hits in the first inning. The Hornets built on their lead in
the third with three more runs coming on a bases-loaded triple by
Daryl Grant. The team stretched its lead to 7-0 in the fifth when Joe
Evans singled to right center scoring a run.
The score remained 7-0 through the sixth inning as Sacramento State
freshman Marshall Plouffe limited Hawaii to just one hit through the
first six frames. UH opened the seventh with a single by Danny
Kimura. Brian Bock then reached on a fielder's choice in which Kimura
was retired and Bock later moved to second when he stole the base.
With two outs, Chad Boudon walked and pinch hitter Cort Wilson was
hit by Plouffe loading the bases. Arthur Guillen followed with a
double to left center scoring two runs and Nate Wilson added an
infield single which plated Wilson. With runners on the corners, the
Hornets picked off Jackson but Guillen scored before Jackson was
tagged out to make the score, 7-4.
Sophomore Steve Cuckovich entered the game in the eighth inning and
promptly gave up singles to four of the first six batters he faced.
Nogawa made the score 7-6 with a single to center which ended the
afternoon for Cuckovich. Senior Michael Penbera came on and
surrendered a single to Wilson which tied the game before striking
out Guillen to end the inning.
In the ninth, UH continued its hot hitting. The Rainbows started the
inning with an infield single by Jackson. Matthew Purtell failed on a
sacrifice attempt for the first out of the inning but was moved to
third on a double by Gregg Omori. Patrick Scalabrini gave Hawaii its
first lead of the day with a double to left center scoring two runs.
Bryan Lee closed out the Hornets in the final two innings to improve
to 4-2 on the season.
The loss spoiled another strong effort by Plouffe. Before giving up
the four runs in the seventh, the freshman had recorded 14
consecutive innings without a run and only allowed two hits during
The Sacramento State offense was paced by Aurelio Jackson. The senior
was 3-for-3, was hit twice, and drew a walk to reach base in all six
of his plate appearances. Jackson also stole his Big West-leading
37th and 38th base of the year.
|Hawaii (23-24)||000 000 432||-||9||12||0|
|Sacramento State (19-28, 3-9)||303 010 000||-||7||10||1|
WP - Bryan Lee (4-2)
LP - Michael Penbera (0-4)
Aaron Pribble, Grant Sato (3), Matt LeDucq (5), Will Quaglieri (7),
Bryan Lee (9) and Ryan Anderson, Brian Bock (4); Marshall Plouffe,
Steve Cuckovich (8), Michael Penbera (8) and Dave Lusk (9).
TOP HITTERS: UH - Danny Kimura 3x4, Gregg Omori 2x5, 2B, Nate Jackson
2x5, Patrick Scalabrini 2B, Arthur Guillen 2B; SAC - Aurelio Jackson
3x3, Mario Celillo 2x4, Daryl Grant 3B.