Baseball: Bows fall in final game

Despite an 8-5 loss, Hawaii finishes the season with their best record since 1999.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (30-26, 11-19 WAC) fell to the San Jose State Spartans (25-32, 10-19 WAC) 8-5 in the final game of the 2003 season. The attendance was 606 at the San Jose Municipal Stadium. Keahi Rawlins (5-5)got the loss for UH while Frank Esposito (2-4) picked up the win for San Jose State. Spartan reliever Andy Cook came in late to get his sixth save of the season.

Brent Cook led the way in his final game as a Rainbow, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a stolen base, two runs and one RBI. Fellow senior Kevin Gilbride added a 3-for-4 performance with a run. Rocky Russo went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI, while Timothy Montgomery went 2-for-4 with a home run of his own.

The Rainbows got on the board first when senior Arthur Guillen drove in Gilbride, putting UH up 1-0.

The Spartans would come back and score three runs in the bottom of the fourth, taking a lead at 3-1.

Russo would then tie the game in the top of the sixth, whacking his fifth homer of the year, a two-run shot over the centerfield wall, tying the game at three runs apiece.

But San Jose State would come back to score five runs in the bottom half of the sixth, taking a 8-3 lead.

Cook and Montgomery then hit a solo home run each in the top of the eighth, cutting the deficit to 8-5. The Rainbows would threaten again in the top of the ninth, with two guys on with one out. But the 'Bows would hit into a double play to end the game, falling by the final of 8-5.

The loss ended UH's season with an overall record of 30-26, their best record since 1999. It also ended the careers of eight seniors in Cook, Gilbride, Bock, Julian Russell, who went 0-for-2 with a walk, Guillen, who was 0-for-3 with one RBI and a walk, Christopher George, Justin Cayetano and Bryan Lee, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

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