Baseball: Hawaii beats Rice, 5-3

Hawaii snaps a 14 game losing streak to the Owls as Hawaii picks up their first conference win of the season in Houston.

HOUSTON - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (15-9, 1-2 WAC) ended a 14-game losing streak to the No. 7 Rice Owls (16-5, 5-1) with a 5-3 win in front of a crowd of 2,995 at Reckling Park Sunday. Clary Carlsen (4-3) picked up the win for the 'Bows while Darrell Fisherbaugh picked up his third-straight save of the season. Josh Baker (3-2) got the loss for the Owls.

Andrew Sansaver came up with the big bat for the 'Bows, going 2-for-4 with one RBI. Rocky Russo went 1-for-3 with a double, one RBI and a run while Gregory Kish went 1-for-3 with one RBI and a run, extending his hitting streak to nine games.

Hawai`i opened the scoring in the top of the first inning as Mendoza, Russo and Sansaver drove in a run each to take an early 3-0 lead.

Kish then hit a run-scoring single in the top of the second, making it 4-0. Rice was able to get on the board in the bottom half of the inning, as Matt Moake hit a RBI-single to cut the defecit to 4-1.

The Rainbows got another run, driven in by Creighton Kahoalii, in the top of the sixth before the Owls picked up two in the bottom of the inning, making it a 5-3 ballgame.

Fisherbaugh then came in and effectively shut down the Owl offense as Sansaver, fittingly, recorded the final out, unassisted, to clinch the victory.

The Rainbows will take a few days off before heading East to Ruston, La., for a three-game series with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, starting Thursday, May 25, at 6 p.m. CST.

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