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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, April 7, 2007

Hawai'i rallies to sting Hornets, 12-9

Advertiser Staff

Kris Sanchez

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Kris Sanchez drove in four runs, including the go-ahead run on a double in the 10th inning, to lead Hawai'i past Sacramento State, 12-9, yesterday at Hornet Field in Sacramento, Calif.

The Rainbows had leads of 3-2 after four, 4-3 after five, 6-4 after seven and 8-7 entering the bottom of the ninth before scoring four in the 10th to snap an 8-all game to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Athletic Conference baseball series.

"It was a great game to watch," UH coach Mike Trapasso said. "You never knew how it was going to finish until the end. But it was a polar opposite of yesterday as far as our focus, intensity, toughness. Our position players really swung the bats. Our offense picked up our pitching. We didn't play good defense, didn't pitch well, but we really swung well. It was a good win for us, the way we had to keep hitting to continue to score."

Tyler Davis (5-0) allowed two runs (one earned) and six hits with three strikeouts in four innings for the Rainbows (24-11 overall, 5-3 WAC).

Mitch Lively (1-3) was tagged for four runs, four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings for the Hornets (9-22, 4-7), who have dropped seven in a row.

The Rainbows amassed 20 hits against five different Hornets pitchers. Brandon Haislet led the way, batting 4 for 5, including a solo home run. Sanchez was 3 for 5 with two doubles, a two-run home run in the top of the ninth that put UH up momentarily, 8-7, and a sacrifice fly. Landon Hernandez and Eli Christensen went 3 for 5 and 3 for 4, respectively. Freshman designated hitter Vinnie Catricala was 2 for 5, hitting his first collegiate home run. Jon Hee was 2 for 4.

In the UH 10th, Jorge Franco led off with a double off Lively. After Justin Frash fouled out to third, Haislet walked. The right-handed Lively was pulled for the left-handed Chris Mols, a 2002 Roosevelt graduate, to face the left-handed hitting Sanchez. Sanchez pulled a double down the right-field line to score Franco and send Haislet to third, giving UH a 9-8 lead. The left-handed hitting Matt Roquemore, who entered the game as defensive replacement earlier, doubled in two runs to increase UH's lead to 11-8.

Mols was replaced by the right-handed Billy Sinacori, who walked Catricala. After a failed double steal in which Roquemore was thrown out at third with Catricala taking second on the play, Hernandez walked. Christensen followed with an RBI single to right. Hernandez was thrown out trying to advance to third to end the inning, but UH had a 12-8 lead.

In the bottom of the 10th, the Hornets got a one-out double by Ryan Blair, who took third when Montana Dye grounded out to short. A two-base throwing error allowed David Flores to reach safely, scoring Blair. But Davis struck out Travis Kirkman to end the game.

Sacramento State took a 7-6 lead with a two-run seventh, scoring the tie-breaking run on Gabe Jacobo's bad-hop single that went off shortstop Christensen's face; Christensen went down after the play, but remained in the game.

But Sanchez's two-run home run off Lively in the top of the ninth gave UH a short-lived 8-7 lead. The Hornets tied it in the bottom of the ninth when they had runners at the corners and Jeff Hannah grounded to second for an RBI force at second.

Starting pitchers Mark Rodrigues for UH (5 innings, four runs) and Trevor York for Sacramento State (5-plus, six runs) didn't figure in the decision.

The Rainbows will try for a sweep at 10 a.m., HST, today. Joshua Schneider, coming off a shutout win against San Jose State last Sunday, will start for UH. Hawai'i might need another outing like that because its bullpen will be short. With Davis going four yesterday, he will not be available. Matt Daly, who threw 48 pitches Thursday, might only be good to face two or three hitters in an emergency, Trapasso said. Jayson Kramer, Nick Rhodes, Cameron Wheeler and Jeff Soskin are available.

The Hornets are scheduled to start left-hander Mick Joyce.

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