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Posted at 2:11 p.m., Sunday, May 21, 2006

Rainbows win baseball regular season finale

Advertiser Staff

Ian Harrington pitched five-hit ball over seven innings to lead Hawai'i over San Jose State, 3-1, Sunday to complete the Western Athletic Conference series sweep at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

But the Rainbows (40-13 overall, 17-6 WAC) fell a half-game short of the regular season championship when it learned mid-game that Fresno State (18-6) beat Sacramento State, 7-4. There is a one game differential between the Rainbows and Bulldogs because of UH's snowed out game at Nevada during the season. Had UH won the game, it would have shared the title, but still would have been the second seed in the WAC tournament because FSU took 2 of 3 during the regular season.

Harrington (7-3) allowed a run — the first earned run allowed by UH in the series — and a walk with seven strikeouts. Tyler Davis pitched two perfect innings for his third save.

The Rainbows scored in the first on an RBI single by Luis Avila after Justin Frash doubled with two outs. They added a run in the third when Frash drew a bases-loaded walk and got their final run in the fourth when Derek DuPree grounded out to second with the bases loaded to make it 3-0.

Josh Amberson (6-4) was charged with two runs, five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in three innings for the Spartans (33-24, 12-12).

Hawai'i will open the WAC tournament Thursday against Louisiana Tech at 8 a.m., Hawai'i time. The tournament will be at Fresno State's Beiden Field.