Hawaii gets first ever series sweep over Fresno State.
HONOLULU - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (23-19, 5-13 WAC) defeated the Fresno State Bulldogs (21-20, 7-8 WAC) 2-0, completing UH's first-ever sweep of the Bulldogs, in front of a crowd of 2,488 at the Les Murakami Stadium Sunday. Keahi Rawlin (4-2) pitched 7.0 scoreless innings to get the victory while Donnie Bair (2-1) took the loss for Fresno State. Richard Olsen also picked up his second save of the season.
Rawlins picked up his third straight victory, giving up just four hits in seven innings while striking out two. Fellow freshman Olsen finished the game going two innings with two strikeouts while giving up just one hit.
Brian Finegan extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 1-for-3 with one RBI. Rocky Russo had the team's other RBI to finish a 1-for-4 day while Timothy Montgomery went 1-for-1 with a run and a sacrifice.
The Rainbows got on the board in the fourth inning when Russo drove in Andrew Sansaver putting Hawai`i up 1-0. The Bulldogs would threaten in the top of the fifth, getting runners on second and third, but Rawlins would get out of the inning, forcing a fly out.
Finegan then sacrificed flied in Montgomery in the bottom of the fifth, extending the lead to 2-0. That was all that UH's two freshmen pitchers would need, combining to give Hawai`i its third shutout of the season, giving up just five hits while striking out four.
Hawaii shutout the Bulldogs on Friday, 3-0 and beat Fresno State 7-5 on Saturday.
The Rainbows will next play San Jose State in another three-game WAC series starting Friday, April 25.