Vuls come close, but still fall short


Tribune-Herald

The University of Hawaiii at Hilo men’s baseball team had a chance to salvage a doubleheader split, but saw the potential tying run gunned down at home plate.

Instead, Fresno State swept the Vuls 4-3 and 3-2 Wednesday in Fresno, Calif., taking three out of four games.

UHH (3-9, 2-6 Pacific West Conference) rallied with one out in the seventh inning in Game 2. Greg Cleary singled and went to second on a wild pitch. After Sam Kim grounded out, Austin Cusack singled to right field.

Cleary rounded third and was thrown out by Devin Lee at home, resulting in a 3-2 loss.

Seamus Yoneshige (2-1) took the loss in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits and no walks, and struck out two.

Cleary and Cusack each batted 2 for 3 to lead the Vuls.

In the first game, the Vuls staged another late rally, scoring a run in the eighth, but eventually falling 4-3.

Dane Kinoshita (0-2) took a complete-game loss. In eight innings, he allowed four runs (one unearned) on eight hits and two walks, and struck out six.

Keenan Nishioka batted 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Kim and John Abreu added two hits each.

“It was an exciting college baseball game,” UHH coach Joey Estrella said. “I know I’ve said it before, but if you watched the game you saw outstanding plays.

“We had scoring opportunities and we competed the whole day. I felt good about that, but disappointed we lost. We match up well with Fresno Pacific. Too bad there’s no home-and-home series.”

The Sunbirds are 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

 

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