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Updated at 3:52 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 2007

Harrington beats LaTech, 7-2; UH wins baseball series

Advertiser Staff

Ian Harrington gave Hawai'i what it sorely needed — a complete game — to defeat Louisiana Tech, 7-2, today to take 2 of 3 of the Western Athletic Conference series at Les Murakami Stadium.

Harrington (6-5) had his longest outing of the season, allowing two runs, five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts for the Rainbows (27-16 overall, 8-7 WAC).

Dylan Moseley (6-4) allowed six runs, seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings for the Bulldogs (30-16, 10-5).

Hawai'i took a 1-0 lead in the second when Brandon Hailset led off with a walk and scored on Kris Sanchez's double off the center field wall. Vinnie Catricala was hit by a pitch, but Evan Zimny grounded into a double play that moved Sanchez to third. Landon Hernandez lined out to second to end the inning.

Tech tied it up in the third with two outs. Adam Cobb fisted a single to left-center and Jericho Jones was hit by a pitch. The left-handed hitting Brian Rike then grounded an opposite-field single to left to score Cobb to make it 1-1 before Courtney Jones lined out to left to end the inning.

The Rainbows regained the lead in the bottom of the third. Eli Christensen doubled to left and Jon Hee was hit by a pitch. Kevin Macdonald reached first when he grounded to short for a force at second that moved Christensen to third. Justin Frash doubled to right, scoring Christensen and sending Macdonald to third, where he scored when right fielder Jericho Jones bobbled the ball to give UH a 3-1 lead. A balk moved Frash to third, but Haislet struck out and Sanchez grounded out to second.

The Rainbows added to their lead in the fourth. Catricala and Zimny singled to put runners at first and second to set up Hernandez's RBI single.

After Christensen struck out, the runners advanced when Hee grounded out to the pitcher. A wild pitch scored Zimny before Macdonald popped out to short to end the inning with UH ahead, 5-1.

The Bulldogs got one back in the fifth. Nick Grunenwald walked and stole second when Matt Combs struck out. After taking third when Cobb grounded out to second, Combs scored on Jericho Jones' single to center to make it 5-2.

Hawai'i added two in the seventh. Hee led off with a single before Macdonald flied out to right. Moseley was pulled for Jamey Bradshaw, who gave up a single to Frash to put runners at first and second. Bradshaw was pulled for Andrew Alsup, who got Haislet on a fly to left. Sanchez walked to load the bases to set up Catricala's two-run single to make it 7-2.