(HAWAII ATHLETICS) – Despite claiming the series win (2-1), the University of Hawai'i baseball team (18-11, 4-2 BWC) ended the week on a conference loss at UC Davis (9-17, 2-4 BWC) on Sunday, after a see-saw scoring game got away from the Rainbow Warriors in the later innings of the 10-3 loss.
The 'Bows entered the finale with a 2-0 series advantage and in the early going it was anybody's game as the teams traded scores through the first three frames.
Although the Aggies again took a one-run first-inning lead, the 'Bows were quick to respond, as junior third baseman Ethan Lopez introduced himself back into the batting order with a first-pitch, two-run jack to left field on his first live swing since going out of the lineup due to injury 14 games prior.
The Aggies used two singles and a sacrifice fly to even things up, but Dylan Vchulek coaxed out a leadoff walk in the third and worked around to pull Hawai'i back in front on Adam Fogel's RBI groundout. However, an Aggies RBI groundout in the home half saw the game again knotted, this time at 3-3.
After quieting the Aggies in the fourth, starter Logan Pouelsen ran into some trouble again in the fifth inning, as back-to-back base hits put Aggie scorers in position for the Aggies and ended his afternoon.
Working against reliever Kyle Hatton later that in the fifth, UC Davis edged ahead by just a single run. However, that frame kicked off three consecutive scoring innings against the UH bullpen, accounting for seven total runs on nine hits to take a commanding 10-3 lead over the Rainbow Warriors.
Making a last-ditch rally effort, the Rainbow Warriors loaded the bases in the ninth, but were closed out to send the seven-run loss final.
Leading the UC Davis charge, freshman Tanner Murray did everything for the Aggies except hit for the cycle. The UCD shortstop batted 5-for-5 with three doubles and a triple, accounting for a majority of UCD scores on three RBI and three runs.
At the plate for UH, Lopez' return hitting was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Rios and Ka'aua also hit 2-for-4 on the day.
Pouelsen (3-2) took the loss on a 4.1-inning outing, allowing four runs on nine hits.
Finishing the road trip with a solid 4-2 Big West record, the Rainbow Warriors return to the confines of Les Murakami Stadium next week to host conference foe UC Riverside. The Highlanders are 13-13 (3-3 BWC) after dropping this weekend's series against CSUN. UCR will face San Diego on Tuesday before heading to Manoa.