Baseball: Bows blanked, 1-0

Mitch Tucker outshines Clary Carlsen as both pitchers throw complete games in the 1-0 Bulldog victory.

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (22-13, 7-5 WAC) wasn't able to sweep the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (13-28, 4-11) as they fell in a pitchers' duel 1-0 in front of a crowd of 2,300 at the Les Murakami Stadium Sunday. Clary Carlsen (6-4) pitched really well, giving up one run on three hits and three walks while striking out five in a complete-game loss. Mitch Tucker (2-4) had a career outing, striking out seven in a complete-game victory.

Isaac Omura led the way at the plate for the Rainbows, going 2-for-3. Andrew Sansaver and Nathan Thurber were the only other UH batters with hits.

Tech was the first team to get a threat going as Mims Boyce reached on an error to start the fourth inning before a quick 6-4-3 double play emptied the bases. Jeff Walker then got the game's first hit and Kyle Spangler reached on Carlsen's first walk, putting runners on first and second with two outs. But Sansaver then snagged a liner to end the inning and the threat.

Omura was able to break up Tucker's attempt at a no-hitter in the fifth inning with a single to left field. But he was picked off between first and second, keeping the game scoreless. Hawai`i threatened again in the seventh with runners on the corners, but was again unable to come through with a run.

The Bulldogs finally put the first run on the board in the top of the eighth as a walk, two hit batters and a single to left field gave Tech the only run of the game.

Hawai`i put runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the eighth, but a close call at third base on a wild pitch led to another scoreless inning for the 'Bows. UH got a hit in the ninth but again was not able to bring in a run, making the final score 1-0.

The Rainbows will now head on the road for a four-game road trip at San Francisco and Fresno State next week. UH will leave on Tuesday, April 20, and play the first game of the trip at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21.

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