(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawaii baseball team (16-10) was stifled in a rare Monday non-conference game at Pacific (11-16), falling to a hot-hitting Tigers club at Klein Family Field, 10-1.
Four hits and a walk amounted to a 3-0 lead in the first for Pacific, as Matthew Tarantino fired a two-run comebacker up the middle, and Carter Hayes followed with an RBI single, both with two outs to give Pacific a 3-0 lead coming out of the opening stanza.
The hits kept coming and the Tigers were able to retire starter Dominic DeMiero with no outs and the bases loaded in the second. Coming from the bullpen in the toughest of situations, junior reliever Kash Koltermann pulled the Rainbow Warriors through the frame unscathed.
The defensive effort provided a much-needed Hawai‘i spark in the third, as Maaki Yamazaki collected the first hit on the second trip through the lineup. Two batters later, Adam Fogel collected his 13th double to put the ‘Bows on the board with an RBI shot to left field. However, the ‘Bows were limited going forward, allowed only one run on the night.
After four consecutive blank Pacific frames courtesy of steady relief appearances by left-handers Koltermann and Kyle Hatton, the Tigers used pinch hitter Jekich to break through and put the game away, starting with a two-run double, quickly followed by a two-run homer by James Free II. Tarantino and Hayes combined for three more scores in the seven-run sixth inning for the final 10-1 margin.
Making his seventh start, DeMiero (1-3) took the loss for the Rainbow Warriors. Coming off a huge hitting weekend, Hawai‘i was limited to just four hits.
Koltermann tossed a career-long 3.1 shutout innings for the Rainbow Warriors, scattering three hits with no walks, earning one strikeout. Hatton followed with one full inning, with two hits and a strikeout. In total, UH used eight pitchers against the Tigers.
The seven-game road swing continues on Friday with a three-game series at UC Davis’ Dobbins Baseball Complex. The Aggies enter the week with a 7-15 record (1-2 Big West) and will face San Jose State at home on Tuesday before hosting the Warriors.