Rainbows rally for two runs in ninth to beat Oregon State, 5-4
Collin Bennett’s two out, RBI single in the bottom of the ninth rallied the University of Hawai‘i baseballl team past No. 10 Oregon State, 5-4, today before 2,024 at Les Murakami Stadium.
With one out, pinch hitter Christian Johnson lined an opposite-field solo home run just inside the left-field foul pole to tie the game at 4. An out later, Kolten Wong doubled to right and Kevin Macdonald was intentionally walked. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Bennett followed with his game-winning single up the middle against closer Kevin Rhoderick (0-1).
Alex Capaul (1-0) allowed two runs in three inning for the Rainbows (1-2).
The Beavers fell to 2-1.
The Beavers took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Carter Bell led off with a single to left, took second on Andrew Susac’s sacrifice. One out later, Brent Warren reached on bounding single up the middle that second baseman Wong stopped, but threw wildly to first to allow Bell to score and Warren to take second. Warren took third on a wild pitch, but Adalberto Santos popped out to short to end the inning.
Oregon State added a run in the fourth. Stefen Romero reached on a single off third baseman Pi‘ikea Kitamura and went second when Brandon Hayes grounded out to second. Rob Folsom reached first on Kitamura’s throwing error that allowed Romero to take third. Romero scored on Jared Norris’ sacrifice fly to left. Bell’s single to center moved Folsom to second before Susac was hit by a pitch to load the bases. But Josh Slaats struck out Tyler Smith to end the inning.
The Rainbows got on the board in the fifth. Kitamura led off with a single to right and Sean Montplaisir was hit by a pitch. Both advanced on Matt Roquemore’s sacrifice. Greg Garcia grounded out to second to score Kitamura and send Montplaisir to third. But Wong grounded out to second to end the inning.
Hawai‘i took the lead with two in the sixth. Macdonald led off with a walk and went to second when Bennett reached first on a fielder’s choice throwing error to second by the pitcher Greg Peavey. Peavey was pulled for Ryan Gorton. David Freitas’ sacrifice advanced the runners. Jeffrey Van Doornum’s flyball double to right scored Macdonald, but Bennett could only take third. Kitamura walked to load the bases. Gorton was lifted for the left-handed Kraig Sitton to face the left-handed hitting Montplaisir, who reached on a chop single to short to put UH ahead, 3-2. Pinch hitter Josh Chevalier struck out, as did Garcia to end the threat.
Capaul started the seventh for UH and gave up a lead-off double to Bell. Pinch hitter Michael Miller’s sacrifice moved Bell to third. With the infield drawn in, OSU sent up pinch hitter Andy Quiring, whose sacrifice fly to center scored Bell to tie the game at 3.
The Beavers regained the lead in the eighth on Romero’s one out, home run to left to make it 4-3.