Bruins Cannnot Hang On To Early Lead, Fall To Hawaii, 11-5

Feb. 8, 2003

Final Stats

After posting five runs in the first two innings, the Bruins (2-3) could not hold on to their lead, falling 10-5 to Hawaii in front of 3,645 fans at Les Murakami Stadium on Friday evening.

UCLA started hot, loading the bases with no outs in the first after a lead-off walk from Matt Thayer, a single from Casey Janssen and Wes Whisler reaching on an error. Hawaii starter Chris George rebounded after the shaky start to strike out Billy Susdorf and Brett McMillan. Chris Denove kept the early rally alive though with a three-RBI double, but was thrown out trying to reach third.

Hawaii's offense answered in the bottom of the first, posting four runs to take an early 4-3 lead. After lead-off hitter Schafer Magana was hit by Whisler and advanced to third on an error from McMillan, Isaac Omura drove him home with a double. Whisler struck out Brent Cook to record the first out of the inning, but the next batter, Josh Green, reached base with a single and the runners advanced on an error by Carpenter. The Rainbows loaded the bases themselves when Rocky Russo added a single. Nick Ponomarenko evened the score with a two-RBI single. With runners on second and third, Brian Bock helped Hawaii to the 4-3 lead with an RBI-single. Whisler retired the eighth and ninth batters to end the first.

UCLA regained the lead in the second when Preston Griffin led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Ryan McCarthy followed up with a single and Griffin scored on the throw from the outfielder. McCarthy scored later in the inning when Janssen hit an RBI-single to left field. Heading into the bottom of the second, UCLA led 5-4.

Whisler calmed down in the second and third innings, facing seven batters between the two innings.

With the Bruins unable to build upon their lead in the top of the third or fourth innings, Hawaii reclaimed the lead in the fourth, 6-5, scoring two runs on four hits.

After UCLA only sent three batters to the plate in the fifth, Hawaii continued its assault on the Bruin hurlers. Whisler issued a walk and gave up a single to start the inning. Freshman right-hander Adam Simon came in to relief Whisler and hit Tim Montgomery to load the bases with no outs. Simon walked in a run before striking out Magana. The inning was busted open when Omura followed with a three-RBI triple to put the Rainbows ahead, 10-5.

The Bruins failed to get a rally going, sending three batters to the plate in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Hawaii tacked on a final run in the eighth inning to give the Rainbows a 11-5 victory.

The Bruins and Rainbows will face off tomorrow for the second game of the series, which is set for 6:35 p.m. local time. The game will be internet broadcast at uhathletics.hawaii.edu.


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Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 6
Saturday, Apr 30
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
L, 4 - 9
Sunday, May 01
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
W, 10 - 3
Tuesday, May 03
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
W, 11 - 10
Friday, May 06
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 4
Saturday, May 07
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 4 - 1
Sunday, May 08
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 1
Tuesday, May 10
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, May 13
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 5
Saturday, May 14
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 3
Sunday, May 15
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 9
Tuesday, May 17
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
L, 3 - 4
Friday, May 20
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 12
Saturday, May 21
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 2
Sunday, May 22
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 10
Friday, May 27 - 4:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, May 28 - 4:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
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