Diamond Ducks hold off Hawai'i 5-4

Diamond Ducks hold off Hawai'i 5-4

HONOLULU – Jerry Kleman recorded three hits, Andre Real and Kalei Hanawahine both had two hits and a run scored, but it wasn't enough as the University of Hawai'i Rainbow baseball team lost for the second straight day, 5-4, to No. 6 Oregon. The 'Bows put 12 hits on the scoreboard but fell to 0-2 on the season before another sold-out crowd at Les Murakami Stadium.

After being shut out on opening day, the Rainbows came alive with 12 hits but left 10 runners on base. Trailing by four runs in the fifth inning, UH had a golden opportunity to get back in the game. Kaden Kamoe pinch hit for Adam Hurley with the bases loaded and two outs, but grounded out to end the inning.

Trailing by the same score in the ninth inning, the 'Bows had runners at second and third with one out but could muster only one run. Trevor Podratz (2 H, 1 R) scored Andre Real from third but Kaeo Aliviado's pop up ended the game.

Quintin Torres-Costa (0-1) allowed five runs in four and two-thirds innings in his first collegiate start but was tagged with the loss. Tommy Thorpe (1-0) earned the win for Oregon, allowing one run on seven hits in five complete innings of work. UH saw a solid relief outing by Matt Cooper who scatted four hits over 4.1 scoreless innings.

Ryon Healy batted 3-3 with one run and one RBI to lead the Ducks (2-0) with Brett Thomas adding two runs, one hit, and one RBI.

The Ducks struck first with a pair of runs in the second inning. Healy and Steven Packard (1 H, 1 R) both doubled and scored to give Oregon a 2-0 lead through its half of the second inning.

After each team scored a run, UH threatened in the third inning but came up empty. Infield singles by Podratz and Kleman gave the 'Bows runners at first and second, but Adam Hurley (0-2) struck out to end the Rainbow threat.

The 'Bows and Ducks play game three of their series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.