Baseball: Nevada avoides sweep

Nevada takes the final game of the series with Hawaii, 8-3 avoiding a sweep by the Bows.

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (26-16, 10-8 WAC) fell to the Nevada Wolf Pack (24-22, 9-9) 8-3 in front of a crowd of 3,441 at the Les Murakami Stadium Friday. Clary Carlsen (6-5) took the loss for the 'Bows while Ryan Rodriguez (3-6) got the win for Nevada.

Matthew Inouye got out of the little funk that he was in, going 2-for-5 with two RBI. Andrew Sansaver added a 2-for-4 game with a double and a run, while Brian Finegan was 2-for-5 with a double and a run. Isaac Omura hit his first home run of the season in a 1-for-3 performance.

Hawai`i jumped out to an early lead as Inouye drove in Finegan after he led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, making it 1-0. Omura then hit a solo shot to right-centerfield to up the Rainbow lead to 2-0 after two innings.

Then the Wolf Pack offense made their surge, scoring three runs in the third to take the lead for the first time in the series. The 'Bows tied it up at three in the bottom of the third as Inouye drove in Sansaver with a single up the middle.

Nevada went on to score two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth to push an 8-3 lead. The Rainbows threatened, loading the bases in the sixth and hitting back-to-back singles in the seventh, but they couldn't get runs across the plate, as they eventual fell by an 8-3 final.

Hawai`i will next host Hawai`i Pacific on Tuesday, May 4, at 6:35 p.m., in a make-up game for the March 13 contest between the two that was rained out. Next weekend, the `Bows host the defending national champion Rice Owls on May 7, 8 and 9, at 6:35 p.m., 6:35 p.m. and 1:05 p.m.

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