Baseball: Bows win in extra innings

Matt Inouye's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth inning drives in the games only run as Hawaii defeats Nevada, 1-0.

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (25-15, 9-7 WAC) beat the Nevada Wolf Pack (23-21, 8-8) 1-0 on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Matthew Inouye in the 10th inning, in front of a crowd of 2,030 at the Les Murakami Stadium Thursday. Guy McDowell (2-1) got the win for UH, giving up just one hit in the 10th inning, while Bryan Johnson (1-2) took the loss for the Wolf Pack.

Nathan Thurber led off the bottom half of the 10th inning with a double to the gap in right-center field. Andrew Castillo came in as a pinch-runner for Thurber, but a failed sacrifice bunt attempt left Castillo on second with one out. Johnson then walked both Brian Finegan and Andrew Sansaver to load the bases with Inouye at the plate. After taking strike one, Inouye hit a long fly ball down the leftline, and it was deep enough for Castillo to tag up at third and score, giving Hawai`i the game's only run and the 1-0 victory.

Pitching was the story of the game as Ricky Bauer gave up just three hits, no walks and no runs in 9.0 innings while striking out eight, while Nevada's Travis Sutton gave up four hits and five walks in 9.0 innings with six strikeouts, before giving way to their respective relievers.

The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Wolf Pack for UH while pushing the 'Bows into second place in the WAC standings by themselves.

Thurber ended the game 1-for-2 with a double and two walks. Jaziel Mendoza and Finegan had 2-for-4 performances.

The two teams will play again tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. with Stephen Bryant pitching for the Rainbows against Adam Colton.

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