Baseball: Carlsen does it again!

Clary Carlsen pitches his second straight complete game as Hawaii downs the Spartans, 6-1 and takes the WAC series two games to one.

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (19-11, 5-4 WAC) completed their second-straight WAC series win with a 6-1 win over San Jose Spartans (15-15-1, 5-7 WAC) in front of a crowd of 2,460 at the Les Murakami Stadium Sunday. Clary Carlsen (6-3) got the complete-game victory for the 'Bows while Brandon Dewing (1-5) took the loss for the Spartans.

Carlsen went the distance, giving up just four hits and one run, in the first inning, while striking out four. It was the senior's second-straght complete-game victory and fourth-straight win overall. Carlsen's win-streak has been quite impressive as he beat No. 19 Oregon State in the First Hawai`i Title Tournament championship game, followed by UH's victory over No. 7 Rice, then his two-complete game wins over Louisiana Tech (8-1) and San Jose State (6-1).

Offensively, Daniel Magana led the way with a 2-for-4 performance with a double and three RBI. Jaziel Mendoza added a 1-for-4 game with a triple and two RBI while Matthew Inouye was 1-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored. Creighton Kahoalii also had a good game, going 2-for-4 with a run, while Gregory Kish was 2-for-3 with a double and a run.

It didn't look good early on for Carlsen as he gave up a double, a single and a walk to start off the game. But he soon settled down, getting the next batter to hit into a 6-4-3 double play before ending the inning with just one Spartan run on the board.

The Hawai`i bats awoke in the fourth inning as Magana hit a double to right-centerfield, scoring Kahoali`i and Rocky Russo to make it 2-1.

The 'Bows were then able to add three more runs in the seventh, one on a single by Inouye and the other two on a triple by Mendoza, before Mgana drove in the final insurance run in the eighth, making it 6-1.

Carlsen cruised most of the rest of the game, not allowing a Spartan hit in the final four innings while getting out of the game with just 95 pitches.

The Rainbows will take one day off before hosting the Sacramento State Hornets on Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 7, at the Les Murakami Stadium. Both games will start at 6:35 p.m. UH will then have the weekend off from WAC play before hosting Louisiana Tech the following weekend from April 16-18.


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