Baseball: Spartans nip Bows in extra frames

San Jose State scores the winning run in the 10th inning as they win the first of three games this weekend at Les Murakami Stadium.

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (17-11, 3-4 WAC) fell to the San Jose State Spartans (15-13-1, 5-5) 5-4 in 10 innings at the Les Murakami Stadium Friday. Darrell Fisherbaugh (0-2) took the loss while SJSU's Matt Durkin (5-2) got the win. Brad Kilby pitched one inning of relief to get his third save of the season.

Brian Finegan led the way for the 'Bows, going 3-for-4 with two RBI, one run and a double. Matthew Inouye added a 2-for-3 game with two RBI and a stolen base while Isaac Omura was 1-for-2 with two runs and two walks. Gregory Kish had his 12-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-3 game.

The 'Bows threatened in the bottom of the first with runners on second and third and just one out, but a good play by the SJSU first baseman got Finegan out at the plate to stop the rally.

San Jose State got on the scoreboard first in the third inning as a UH error scored two Spartan runners, making it 2-0. But the Rainbows answered right back in the bottom of the inning, as Inouye hit a single down the rightfield line, scoring two to make it 2-2.

Hawai`i added two more in the seventh as Finegan hit a two-out double to the right-centerfield gap, scoring two more runs to make it 4-2.

The Spartans then loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the eighth, forcing the 'Bows to take out starter Ricky Bauer. Spartan Nate Corrick then hit a two RBI-single to tie it up at four.

Bauer finished with 7.2 innings pitched, giving up just five hits and four runs, two unearned and two after he left. He also had two strikeouts.

SJSU starter Matt Durkin, who pitched 9.0 innings, striking out nine with four runs given up, was able to shut down the 'Bows in the eighth and ninth innings, sending the game to extra frames.

In the top of the 10th, Brandon Fromm hit a single that scored one before a timely 4-6-3 double play kept it at 5-4 going into the bottom of the 10th. Omura led off the 10th with a walk before the 'Bows moved pinch runner Daniel Magana over to third with two outs. After intentionally walking Inouye, SJSU got the final UH batter to line out to the first baseman, ending the game at 5-4.

The two teams will play again tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. at the Les Murakami Stadium with Stephen Bryant (3-2) pitching against Spartan Corey Cabral (4-3).

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