Lions Fall in Late Innings, 9-5
Hawai'i scored three runs in both the seventh and eighth en route to the win.
March 15, 2009
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Kevin Macdonald hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to help push Hawai'i (9-6) to a 9-5 victory over LMU (8-10) in game three of a four-game series being played at Les Murakami Stadium over the weekend. With the loss, LMU has now lost eight straight games.
Macdonald, who delivered the game-winning hit in Thursday's 10th-inning victory for Hawai'i, finished the game 2-for-5 with the home run, a run scored and four RBI. Catcher Landon Hernandez also homered in the game for the Rainbows, posting his first of the season in the home half of the second inning. He batted 2-for-5 with the home run, two RBI and a run scored in the victory. Kolten Wong, Matt Roquemore and Easton Torigoe also collected two hits for UH, with Wong scoring three runs.
Senior Kyle Spraker and freshman Ryan Hawthorne led the Lion offense in terms of hits, each collecting two in the loss. Spraker, a native of Portola Valley, Calif., was 2-for-4 with a run scored, a walk and a RBI out of the second spot in the lineup. Hawthorne finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Juniors Ryan Wheeler and Angelo Songco each extended their hitting streaks, with Songco now having hit in six consecutive games to Wheeler's five. Freshman Shon Roe also extended a streak, his to four games, after singling in the seventh inning.
Freshman Alex Gillingham got the start for LMU, lasting six innings and surrendering four runs on eight hits and two walks and striking out four batters. Jason Wheeler took over in the seventh, tossing an inning and a third, allowing four runs on three hits and three walks to take the loss. With the decision, Wheeler falls to 0-2 in 2009. Junior Jeremy Burrell finished the game on the hill for LMU, contributing the final two-thirds of a frame and giving up one run and striking out a batter.
Jared Alexander got the starting nod for the Rainbows, allowing three unearned runs over five innings of work. Ryan Davis went the next inning and two-thirds for Hawai'i, surrendering two runs on three hits and a walk before giving way to the game's eventual winner, Harrison Kuroda. Kuroda dealt two and a third innings scoreless en route to his third victory of the season.
The Rainbows struck first in the game as Hernandez homered to leadoff the second inning. A Roquemore single and a stolen base put a man in scoring position with two out. Sean Montplaisir came up with the clutch two-out RBI-single on the ensuing play, putting Hawai'i on top 2-0.
LMU answered to take its first lead of the game in the fourth, scoring three unearned runs. A Spraker leadoff walk started the ball rolling before Wheeler reached on an error by the second baseman. Songco followed with a walk to load the bases before a sacrifice fly by T.J. Bernardy brought home the first run. After a wild pitch left runners at second and third, Hawthorne delivered a two-RBI single into left field to cap the scoring run.
The lead was fairly short-lived, as UH put a run across in the fifth to tie the game at three. A one-out walk proved costly as Macdonald once again hurt the Lions. With a runner at second, he doubled down the left field line to plate the run.
LMU would regain the lead in the seventh, scoring two two-out runs in the frame to go ahead by a count of 5-3. After back-to-back groundouts, Roe singled to get the two-out rally started. Jonathan Johnson followed with a walk before Spraker singled home a run with a shot to right field. Wheeler followed with the same fate on the ensuing play, delivering a ball back up the middle to drive in the second run of the inning.
Macdonald quickly erased the lead with one swing of the bat in the home half of the seventh, belting the three-run home run to left centerfield with one out. Hawai'i would add three more insurance runs in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run wild pitch from Burrell and a RBI-single from Hernandez. Lion Head Coach Jason Gill was ejected from the game by home plate umpire Billy Haze after arguing the play at the plate that ensued on the two-run wild pitch.
The Lions and Rainbows will complete the four-game series tomorrow at 4:05 p.m.