Baseball: Coastal Carolina beats Bows, 8-5

Chanticleers get series split with Rainbows after Wednesday evenings victory.

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (14-9) fell to the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (19-5) 8-5 in front of a crowd of 1,951 at the Les Murakami Stadium Wednesday. Reid Horton (0-1) got the loss for UH while Steven Carter (4-1) picked up the win for the Chants.

Brent Cook led the way for UH, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Matthew Inouye and Isaac Omura both extended their hitting streaks to eight games, as they each went 1-for-4. Rocky Russo added a 1-for-4 game of his own, while adding two RBI.

The Rainbows again jumped out to an early lead when Russo drove in Brian Finegan in the bottom of the first, putting UH up 1-0. Jeff Baker then hit his second home run in two games for the Chants in the top of the second, tying the game at one apiece.

Omura would open up the bottom of the third with a double before Andrew Sansaver sacrificed him in to put the 'Bows up 2-1.

But Coastal Carolina answered with consecutive two-run innings in the fifth and sixth innings, before taking a huge 8-2 lead with a three-run seventh inning.

Hawai`i would respond again in the eighth inning as Russo, Inouye and Schafer Magana would drive in a run each, cutting the deficit to 8-5. But the rally would fall short as the Chanticleers would close out the Rainbows by the final of 8-5.

Hawai`i will have one day off before hosting the Nevada Wolf Pack in a three-game WAC series starting at 6:35 p.m. on Friday, March 19. Christopher George (4-2) is slated to pitch against Nevada's Mateo Miramontes.


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