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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, February 27, 2010

UH beats No. 25 Oregon

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Oregon's Curtis Raulinaitis bears down on Hawai'i catcher David Freitas in the third inning. Raulinaitis scored on the play, the Ducks' only run of the game.

DEBORAH BOOKER | The Honolulu Advertiser

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Hawai'i got another strong combined pitching effort and punch from the top of the order to hold off No. 25 Oregon, 2-1, last night to take its second consecutive game of the four-game series.

A crowd of 2,075 at Les Murakami Stadium watched the nail-biter as the teams evened their records at 3-3.

Matt Sisto (1-1) allowed an unearned run, three hits and three walks with one strikeout in six innings. Alex Capaul retired six of seven batters he faced and Lenny Linsky gave up a lead-off single, but got the next three for his save second in as many games.

"Sisto was good, gave us a quality start," UH coach Mike Trapasso said. "I thought Capaul was outstanding. Lenny, after giving up the lead-off single, after they brought him over (on the sacrifice), he got two ground balls (for outs). That's what he does."

Oregon starter Justin LaTempa (0-1) turned in a performance that should be good enough to win. He allowed two runs, six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six-plus innings.

But Hawai'i freshman Breland Almadova greeted LaTempa in the bottom of the first with an opposite-field home run down the right-field line.

"I just tried to stay behind it and try to put it in play," Almadova said. "It's great to have my first home run. I just have to keep it up, keep it positive for the team."

The Rainbows got their next run in the third on a two-run double by Greg Garcia, who bats second in the order and entered the game with an .063 batting average.

"They got the big hits for us, Breland and Greg," Trapasso said. "These are the guys we need to get going."

Sisto, who gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings against Oregon State last week, had good fastball command, getting grounders and weak fly-ball outs. While his defense played well, ironically, it was his own error that cost him a shutout.

In the top of the third, Curtis Raulinaitis walked with two outs and scored when Sisto fielded a K.C. Serna bouncer and fired over the head of first baseman Kevin Macdonald that allowed Raulinaitis to score.

"I looked back at it, 'Gee, I gave up three hits and the one run was mine,'" Sisto said. "But it was a good game."

Sisto had only one strikeout and praised the defense.

"They had to work tonight," Sisto said. "They were solid tonight. Fly balls, ground ball. Pi'i (Kitamura, the third baseman) was good, Greg (Garcia, the shortstop) was good. It was a good night."

Capaul was strong, getting four ground outs. But he, too, was a beneficiary of good defensive plays. Macdonald ranged far to his right to snag a liner by Danny Pulfer in the seventh and again went far right to stab a grounder by Raulinaitis to rob him of a hit.

Linsky entered in the ninth and allowed a lead-off single. After the runner took second on a sacrifice, Linsky retired the next two batters on harmless grounders to end the game.

"We got a good win," Trapasso said. "To win a game like that, 2-1; I told George (Horton, Oregon's coach) you don't see that often in college baseball."

The series resumes at 1:05 p.m. today.

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