10-Run Inning Leads Rainbows Over Dogs

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Hawaii Rainbows used a 10-run fifth-inning explosion to overcome a 4-0 Mississippi State advantage en route to a 10-5 UH win Saturday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium. The Rainbows (5-6) hold a 2-1 lead in the four-game series with the 26th-ranked Bulldogs (8-3), which concludes Sunday at 6:05 p.m. CDT.

Bulldog sophomore lefty Forrest Moore and UH senior righty Jared Alexander squared off in scoreless pitchers duel through the first four innings. But in the fifth inning, State touched UH relief pitcher Harrison Kuroda for four runs on just one hit, a bases-juiced and MSU career-first home run by left fielder Luke Adkins that sailed over the center field wall. Scott DeLoach and Grant Hogue reached base as hit batsmen and Ryan Collins drew a walk prior to Adkins' blast.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Hawaii sent 15 batters to the plate in the home half of the fifth. Moore, who worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning, gave up hits to the first three Rainbow batters in the fifth, including a two-run double by Vinnie Catricala that ended the Bulldog southpaw's stay in the game.

Junior righty Justin Bussey followed Moore on the hill in the fifth but endured a similar fate when the next five UH batters reached base. Rainbow first baseman Kevin Macdonald capped the nine-hit inning and UH's scoring on the day with a bases-clearing double down the leftfield line. Freshman Devin Jones replaced Bussey on the hill to end the Rainbow uprising. Moore was charged with three runs on seven hits and struck out four. Bussey (1-1) gave up seven runs on six hits in his 2/3-inning mound stint while Jones blanked Hawaii with one-hit pitching over the final 3-1/3 innings.

State got back-to-back pinch-hit doubles by Jason Nappi and Brent Brownlee to plate a run in the fifth, but the Bulldogs could get no closer. Relief pitcher Connor Little struck out seven and blanked the Bulldogs with no-hit pitching over the final 2-2/3 innings of the game. Hawaii pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts.

Hawaii pounded out 14 hits, with the top four in the UH batting order combining for nine of those hits. Macdonald went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs.

Adkins had two of State's five hits, backing his first MSU career home run with a double.

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