Feb. 8, 2003
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.