Baseball: Spartans edge Bows, 10-9

San Jose State rallies for two runs in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat Hawaii for the second straight day.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (31-23, 13-15 WAC) fell to the San Jose State Spartans (22-31-1, 10-19) 10-9 in front of a crowd of 645 at Blethen Field Saturday. Darrell Fisherbaugh (0-4) took the loss while Spartan Brad Kilby (3-1) got the win.

Matthew Inouye led the way for UH, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and three RBI. Brian Finegan added a 2-for-4 game with two doubles, two runs and one RBI while Andrew Sansaver was also 2-for-4 with two runs and a home run.

The game started out with a surprise at Saturday starter Stephen Bryant was a late scratch due to an injury to his back. He was replaced by Guy McDowell who gave up just two runs in the first five innings before allowing two, two-run homers in the sixth.

Sansaver started it up for the `Bows in the top of the second, blasting his fourth homer, a solo shot, over the left field fence, making it 1-0 in favor of Hawai`i. San Jose State was then able to tie it up in the third as a called balk gave the Spartans their first run.

The Rainbows turned on the offense in the top of the fifth. Nathan Thurber started off the scoring with an RBI-single to left, followed by another RBI-single by Green and a run-scoring double by Finegan. Then the big shot came a couple batters later as Inouye smashed a three-run shot over the left field fence, making it 7-1.

San Jose State scored another run in the bottom of the fifth on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 7-2. Then the Spartans got to McDowell, blasting two, two-run home runs in the bottom of the sixth, making it a 7-6 ballgame.

UH again widened the gap in the top of the seventh as Gregory Kish and Jaziel Mendoza drove in a run apiece, pushing the score to 9-6. But the three-run lead wouldn't last too long as SJSU responded with a two-run inning of their own in the bottom of the seventh, cutting it back to a one-run game at 9-8.

The Spartans came up big again in the bottom of the eighth, scoring two runs on back-to-back SJSU run-scoring hits, giving them their first lead at 10-9.

The Rainbows threatened to tie it up in the ninth inning, loading the bases with just one out. But Kilby pulled it together and got the final two outs as the game ended on a pop-up to right field, leaving three Rainbows stranded with a UH loss 10-9.

The `Bows will close out the season tomorrow at Blethen Field as Clary Carlsen pitches against SJSU's Jose Amaya at 1 p.m.

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