Late-Inning Heroics Lead UH Baseball Past Oregon, 7-6
The win extends UH's winning streak to six games.
(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai?i baseball team scored all seven of its runs in the final three innings to secure a 7-6 victory over Pac-12 opponent Oregon on Thursday night at Les Murakami Stadium. The win extends UH's winning streak to six games.
Trialing 6-4 in the bottom of the eighth, Hawai?i (8-5) received a three-run double down the left field line off the bat of Daylen Calicdan to complete the comeback.
UH's bats coupled with a strong pitching from Colin Ashworth out of the bullpen gave the 'Bows the win. Ashworth struck out two over the final 2.0 innings without giving up a hit to earn his second victory of the season.
Oregon (7-4) began its offensive production in the first with an unearned run on a Hawai?i error for a 1-0 lead. Another run for the Ducks in the fourth was followed by two-run innings in the fifth to give the visitors a 4-0 edge.
The UH bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth when the Rainbow Warriors posted two runs on three hits. Maaki Yamazaki knocked an RBI single through the left side of the infield to score Calicdan. Later in the frame after Alex Baeza reached on an error, Ethan Lopez knocked in Yamazaki on a double to deep left center.
After two runs for Oregon in the top of the seventh, Lopez knocked in two more for UH with a bases-loaded single to center to cut the Oregon lead down to 6-4 in the bottom of the inning.
UH completed the comeback in the eighth with Calicdan's double that scored Scotty Scott, Brennen Hancock and Tyler Murray.
Scott finished with a career-high four hits to up his average to .373 on the year. Calicdan, Yamazaki and Lopez all finished with two hits apiece for UH.
Making his second start of the season on the mound, freshman Li'i Pontes went 4.2 innings, giving up three earned runs on eight hits. After Cade Halemanu faced two batters, Kash Koltermann went 2.1 innings, yielding two runs on five hits.
The Rainbow Warriors and Ducks will continue their series on Friday with a 6:35 p.m. start at Les Murakami Stadium.