Baseball: Hawaii stings Hornets, 10-7

The Rainbow baseball team defeats Sacramento State on the road to improve to 26-20 on the season.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Unversity of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (26-20) defeated the Sacramento State Hornets (28-20) 10-7 at Hornet Field Wednesday. Nicholas Ponomarenko (4-1) picked up the win for UH while Steve Cuckovich (6-4) got the loss for Sacramento State. Joshua Green led the way for the Rainbows, going 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBI and three runs scored. Isaac Omura drove in three runs and scored one run in a 1-for-4 day, while Jaziel Mendoza added a 2-for-5 day with a triple and one RBI. Matthew Inouye and Brian Bock also had 2-for-5 peformances while Brent Cook went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a run. The Rainbows jumped out to an early lead as Cook doubled in Finegan before Russo drove him in, putting UH up 2-0 in the top of the first. Omura then drove in a run in the second inning, extending the lead to 3-0. Sacramento State would score a run in the bottom of the second before the 'Bows had their big inning, scoring five runs, highlighted by a two-run double by Omura, to put the Rainbow lead up to 8-1. Green added to the lead in the top of the fifth, hitting his second home run of the season, a solo shot to right field to extend the lead to 9-1. Jesse Schmidt brought the Hornets back, smacking a two-run home run over the left-center wall in the bottom of the fifth. Sac. State would add another run in the inning, to cut the deficit back to 9-4. They were threatening to cut even deeper into UH's lead but Omura made a diving catch at second base to end the fifth inning. Andrew Sansaver then added an insurance run with a RBI-double in the eighth inning, putting the score to 10-4. The Rainbows will now head to Reno, Nev., for a three-game series with the Nevada Wolf Pack, starting Friday, May 2. Ricky Bauer is scheduled to start the game for UH against Nevada's Mateo Miramontes. Game time is set for 2 p.m. PDT.

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