Posted at 3:11 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2006
Hawaii beats Louisiana Tech, plays Nevada next
By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer
The Rainbows (42-14) play Nevada at 4 p.m. Hawaii time today. The winner advances to Sunday's championship. Hawaii would have to win twice on Sunday to win the WAC tournament title and its automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
Harrington (8-3) allowed two runs and nine hits with five strikeouts. Louisiana Tech starter Jericho Jones gave up five runs (four earned), eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings for the Bulldogs (33-25).
The Rainbows scored in the first when Robbie Wilder led off with a single to left, took second on Derek DuPree's sacrifice, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored when Justin Frash grounded out to second.
They added two more in the third. Kris Sanchez walked and took second on Jon Hee's single to left, and both advanced on Wilder's sacrifice. With the infield drawn in, Sanchez scored when DuPree chopped a single over shortstop that sent Hee to third. Frash's sacrifice fly to left made it 3-0.
Hawai'i added an unearned run in the fourth. With two outs, Eli Christensen doubled to right-center and scored when Sanchez reached safely on a two-base throwing error by shortstop Joey McCarthy to make it 4-0.
The Rainbows got another run off Jones in the seventh. Hee led off with a single and took second when Wilder grounded out to second. After DuPree struck out, Hee scored on Frash's ground single to left. Frash took second on throw. Jones was pulled for Aaron Lorio, who got Avila on a fly to right with UH ahead, 5-0.
The Bulldogs ended 20 consecutive scoreless innings against UH in the seventh. Amos Ramon singled and took third when pinch hitter Brady Bascle singled to center. McCarthy grounded to short for a force at second, allowing Ramon to score to make it 5-1. But Harrington got Mims Boyce to ground into an inning-ending double play.
They got another run in the eighth when Adam Cobb tripled to center when center fielder DuPree misplayed the fly ball. After Jones struck out, Brandon Hudson's ground out to second scored Cobb to make it 5-2.
The Rainbows added three in the ninth. Hee reached first when shortstop Matt Lacy dropped an infield pop up. After an 0-1 count, Lorio was pulled for Ramon, who came in from second base. A wild pitch moved Hee to third, where he scored on DuPree's ground single to center. After Frash flied out to left, Avila doubled to right-center to put runners at second and third. After Matt Inouye was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Esteban Lopez's two-run single to center made it 8-2.