(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai‘i baseball team (24-19) rallied twice out of a tie ballgame late on Friday at Fresno State (27-22), as right fielder Adam Fogel delivered all the key blows, capping the night with a two-run triple to secure the 6-4 win over the Bulldogs in extras innings.
After the ‘Bows claimed the early lead and held out into the seventh, the final frames were a frantic horse race that ended with a huge extra innings push. Making the first strike, a solid early approach for Eric Ramirez gave Hawai‘i the early lead, belting a two-run double to the right center wall in the second.
However, Fresno State proved ready to battle, as JT Arruda took the first pitch of the home half out of the park to trim the ‘Bows lead to a single run – only the second dinger off starter Jackson Rees this season.
The ‘Bows quieted for two innings, Maaki Yamazaki notched his third hit in as many attempts, with runners in the fifth, scoring Ethan Lopez on an RBI single to center field to rebuild the two-run advantage over the Bulldogs.
Again it was Arruda who scored a lead-trimming run for Fresno State, coming home on a Miles Tomczak RBI single after leading off the bottom of the sixth with a triple to center field. With a two-out Jeremiah Burks RBI single through the left side, the Bulldogs were able to knot the score at 3-3 in the seventh, forcing an end to a solid outing for Rees.
Despite Fogel’s clutch RBI single to cash in senior Johnny Weeks in the eighth, the Bulldogs again were able to tie the game in the home half, knotting the score 4-4 on Nogales two-out RBI double.
Relocating his stroke and once more delivering in the clutch, Fogel blasted a 10th-inning triple to the left center field wall, pressing Kekai Rios and Dustin Demeter across the dish for the series-opening victory
Dylan Thomas came in to close things out in typical fashion in the bottom of the 10th, earning his 13th save on three-consecutive Bulldog outs. He’s now tied for the second-most single-season saves in UH history with Craig Tucker (1991). Throwing 2.1 innings of relief, left-hander Kyle Hatton (3-2) picked up the win for Hawai‘i.
Leading a 12-hit performance for the ‘Bows, Fogel batted in three runs on 2-for-5 hitting. Demeter and Alex Baeza were also 2-for-5, while Yamazaki racked up the highest hit count at 3-for-5.
The ‘Bows proved tough in the infield to open the series, saving no less than five sure hits en route to 16 groundouts rendered on the night.
The Rainbow Warriors and Bulldogs return to action on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. HT at Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium.