Baseball: Bows beat Owls, 7-5

Hawaii took advantage of Rice starter Phillip Humber's wildness to pull of the 7-5 win to open the weekend series.

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (28-16, 11-8 WAC) took game one versus the No. 3 Rice Owls (34-8, 16-2 WAC) 7-5 in front of a boisterous crowd of 3,129 at the Les Murakami Stadium Friday. Ricky Bauer (8-2) pitched 7.0 innings to get the win while Guy McDowell pitched 2.0 perfect innings to get his third save of the year. Philip Humber (9-2) took the loss for the Owls.

Isaac Omura led the way for Hawai`i at the plate, going 2-for-4 with the game-tying RBI. Joshua Green was also 2-for-4 with one RBI, while Gregory Kish had a gutsy performance, going 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored while still being hampered by an ankle injury.

Brian Finegan started his 100th consecutive game at shortstop for the Rainbows over the past two seasons and went 1-for-3 with a run at the plate. Andrew Sansaver added a 1-for-3 night with one RBI and a run.

The Owls got on the board first in the top of the second inning as Josh Rodriguez drove in Paul Janish to push a 1-0 Rice advantage.

The 'Bows answered right back in the bottom of the second. Creighton Kahoalii tripled to centerfield to start the inning before getting driven in by Daniel Magana. Kish then doubled to centerfield and was brought in by a single up the middle by Green, giving the 'Bows a 2-1 lead. Kahoali`i was later taken out of the game with a knee injury. His status for the rest of the weekend is doubtful.

Rice then scored one in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth, on a long home run to rightfield by Paul Janish, to take a big 5-2 lead, looking to put Hawai`i away. But it wouldn't be the case as UH answered with a big three-run fifth inning to tie it up. In the sixth, two runs were scored on hit batters by Humber, while Omura drove in the other run on a single through the right side.

Hawai`i then took the lead back in the sixth as Magana was hit by a pitch, sacrifice bunted over to second, got to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch with Finegan at the plate.

The Rainbows then got an insurance run in the eighth inning as Sansaver drove in pinch-runner Andrew Castillo to make it 7-5.

From there it was up to McDowell and the Rainbow defense, who had turned two double plays earlier in the game. McDowell sent Rice down in order in the ninth, with two ground outs to Omura at second and one pop-foul to Sansaver at first, giving the 'Bows consecutive wins over Rice for just the second time-ever (March 10 and April 19, 2001).

The two teams will continue the series tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. with Stephen Bryant (7-3) going for Hawai`i against Rice's Wade Townsend (9-0). Ticket counts at the end of the night were over 3,600 and the UH Sports Marketing Department is encouraging Rainbow fans to wear green to the ballpark.

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