Baseball: Bulldogs outslug Rainbows, 13-8

Despite hitting four homeruns and battling back from a 6-1 deficit, Hawaii falls to Fresno State in the final game of the weekend series and drops the series two games to one.

FRESNO, Calif. - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (24-15, 8-7 WAC) fell to the Fresno State Bulldogs (18-25, 7-8) 13-8 in front of a crowd of 2,253 at Pete Beiden Field Sunday. Guy McDowell (1-1) took the loss while Gil Infante (1-0) got the win for Fresno State.

Brian Finegan went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored. Rocky Russo added a 3-for-5 game with a home run, while Andrew Sansaver and Matthew Inouye also added homers.

Fresno State started the game out on fire, scoring four runs in the first inning and two more in the second. Sansaver hit a solo home run in the top of the second to cut it down to a 6-1 game before Rainbow starter Clary Carlsen was taken out of the game.

The Rainbows then found offense in the way of the long ball. Jaziel Mendoza started it off in the third with a double to drive in Inouye before Rocky Russo hit a two-run homer to left field, cutting the deficit to 6-4 after three.

UH continued their power surge in the fifth inning as Finegan hit a solo home run, followed by a two-run homer by Inouye, giving the 'Bows their first lead. There was an opportunity for more damage in the fifth, but Hawai`i left the bases loaded to end the inning, keeping it at 7-6.

Mendoza drove in another run in the top of the sixth to make it 8-6. But that wouldn't last long. The Bulldogs had their big inning in the bottom of the sixth, starting with a sacrafice fly by Chris Patrick. Fresno State then had a power surge of their own as Brandon Marcelli and David Gomez hit back-to-back home runs, a three-run shot and a solo homer, to give them back the lead at 11-8.

The Bulldogs added a home run in the bottom of the eighth by Richie Robnett along with another run on a RBI-double by Christian Vitters, making the final 13-8.

The 'Bows will head back to San Francisco tonight before flying to Honolulu Monday morning. UH will next play on Friday, April 29, at 6:35 p.m., to start a three-game series against Nevada in a battle for second place in the WAC.

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