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Posted on: Sunday, February 4, 2001

Bruins' bats rain on Rainbow pitching, 12-2

Statistics and scoring

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

It rained through most of yesterday, but the real downpour came from UCLA’s bats.

The Bruins reached double digits in hits and runs for the second consecutive game in beating Hawaii, 12-2, to take the rubber game of the three-game series at a saturated Rainbow Stadium.

The teams evened their records - UCLA at 2-2 and Hawaii at 3-3 - before a crowd of 963.

It was another short outing for UH starting pitching. Less than 24 hours after Sean Yamashita exited after one-third of an inning, Gavin Garrick (0-2) lasted 1‡ innings, allowing four runs on five hits. He fell behind the count on four of the five batters who had hits in the Bruins’ four-run second inning. He went 2Á innings in his previous outing.

"He fell behind, but you know what? This whole weekend - even the first game, too - we were kind of out of sync," UH acting coach Carl Furutani said. "That wasn’t in character for us."

UCLA seemed to be in sync since Friday night’s 16-run, 22-hit performance. Yesterday, the Bruins got 13 hits.

The Bruins’ four-run second inning was ignited by Adam Berry’s two-run double. It was the only hit off Garrick in the inning that came when he wasn’t behind the count (1-1). Ryan Rasmussen, dropped to eighth in the order after going 0-5 leading off Friday, singled home a run as did Matt Pearl to chase Garrick from the game.

Chad Giannetti had the longest stint among UH pitchers, pitching 3‡ innings. He came in for Garrick and restored order for 2Á innings, retiring nine consecutive batters before faltering in the fifth, when he gave up two runs. He gave up five runs overall, four of them earned.

Chris Quiroz inherited a bases-loaded, one-out situation from Giannetti, and allowed a bases-clearing double to Ben Francisco in the sixth. Quiroz also allowed an RBI double to Brian Baron in the inning, and served a two-run home run to pinch-hitter Casey Janssen in the eighth. After his 2‡ innings of work, Aaron Pribble pitched a perfect ninth.

The Rainbows took a short-lived 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Gregg Omori’s home run to right-center field, his first of the season. They got the other run in the eighth after a one-out single by Chad Boudon and a two-out triple by Tim Montgomery.

Hawaii was forced to make a position change in the top of the third inning when starting third baseman Patrick Scalabrini moved to first and first baseman Danny Kimura moved to third. In his first at-bat, Scalabrini fouled a pitch off his leg and sustained a "baseball-size knot", Furutani said.

The Rainbows have another non-conference series starting Friday against Louisville. It will be their last tuneup before Western Athletic Conference play begins Feb. 15 against conference newcomer Nevada.

Furutani said the coaching staff will discuss Garrick’s role for the upcoming series. "We’ve seen some good things from him (Garrick) and Chad did a good job. Chad is doing things that we want him to do. We’re feeling better and better about that."

He said a lot of "little things" the Rainbows did not do have to be ironed out.

"This week was one of those weeks," Furutani said. "It happens to many ball teams. We just have to regroup and get back."

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