Rainbows clinch spot in WAC baseball tourney, split doubleheader
Hawai'i clinched a spot in the Western Athletic Conference tournament with a 4-2 win against San Jose State today in the first game of a doubleheader at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
San Jose State beat Hawai'i, 3-0, in the second game to earn a split.
Sam Spangler (4-6) allowed a run, seven hits and a walk with one strikeout in seven innings for the Rainbows. Jesse Moore allowed a run in two innings and Lenny Linsky allowed a hit in a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.
John Austin (1-8) allowed three runs, five hits and a walk in three innings for the Spartans.
The Rainbow took a 1-0 lead in the second. Greg Garcia led off with a single and took second on Collin Bennett's single. Garcia stole third, as Bennett held first. Garcia scored on Kevin Macdonald's RBI fielder's choice grounder to the pitcher.
Hawai'i added two in the third. David Freitas drew a two out walk and went to third on Garcia's double. Bennett's two-run double made it 3-0.
The Spartans got on the board in the sixth. Jason Martin double with one out and an out later, Karson Klauer walked. Corey Valine hit a pop up near home plate that fell for an RBI single to make it 3-1.
Martins's one out, solo home run in the eighth off Moore pulled SJSU to 3-2.
Hawai'i got an insurance run in the ninth when Kolten Wong drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-2.
SAN JOSE STATE 3, HAWAI‘I 0
Sean Martin and Zach Jones combined on a six-hitter and San Jose State beat Hawai'i.
Martin (2-3) allowed six hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out two for the Spartans (21-34 overall, 9-14 WAC). Zach Jones added 1 2/3 innings of relief for his fifth save.
Matt Sisto (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in four innings for the Rainbows (28-25, 11-12), who won the doubleheader opener, 4-2, to clinch a WAC tournament berth.
The Spartans jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second on a two out, two-run double by Nick Borg.
San Jose State added a run in the third on Corey Valine¹s bunt single with runners at the corners to make it 3-0.