Aaron Davenport got the starting nod after suffering an injury early in the season, but his strong pitching performance did not hold up as Dylan Thomas came in relief and allowed the Roadrunners to beat the Rainbow Warriors 2-0 Sunday afternoon at the Les Murakami Stadium.
"We gave them two runs," head coach Mike Trapasso said. "We hit a guy, then bunt-play right back out, dives out by 10-feet, you throw it away, and that's a ball game. We didn't take care of the baseball, which you have to do, I mean, that's not the game. The game is we didn't score. We got one hit, you're never going to win on one hit."
Hawai'i (9-11) and CSU Bakersfield (12-10) remained scoreless until the eighth inning.
The last time Davenport pitched was versus Longwood on March 9. The freshman went 6.0 innings and allowed only one hit and no walks. Trapasso said Davenport was the "only positive part of the day."
"He was good," Trapasso said. "And he gave us a chance to stay in the game. I think we take that and move forward, and have found a guy that'll do a good job for us."
Thomas (2-2) took the loss as he gave up one earned run on three hits in three innings.
In the bottom of the sixth, the 'Bows put two runners on board after freshman right fielder Tyler Best and center fielder Scotty Scott were hit with consecutive pitches. However, CSU Bakersfield junior pitcher and Hilo native Edgar Barclay was able to get out of the dilemma as redshirt sophomore left fielder Daylen Calicdan's hit flied out to left field.
The Rainbow Warrior's best scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the seventh, when redshirt sophomore first baseman Alex Baeza smacked an RBI-single up the middle. Baeza advanced to first base. After that, senior third baseman Ethan Lopez advanced to first base on a fielder's choice as Baeza was out at second. Then, Lopez advanced to second on a wild pitch as senior shortstop Maaki Yamazaki walked. Freshman catcher Dallas Duarte flied out to left field as Lopez advanced to third base. With two outs, it was up to junior designated hitter Jacob Sniffin, but he struck out swinging on all attempts.
In the top of the eighth, CSU Bakersfield junior shortstop Will Picketts advanced to first base on a wild pitch from Thomas. Junior third baseman Tyler Jorgensen advanced to first on a bunt, while Picketts advanced to second on a fielder's choice. Picketts then advanced to third, while Jorgensen advanced to second on a wild pitch. Sophomore Daniel Carrizosa hit an RBI-single to score Picketts. After that, senior third baseman Noah Barba singled through the right side to score Jorgensen. Sophomore shortstop Evan Berkey followed with an RBI-single of his own as Barba advanced to second. Senior catcher Jake Ortega grounded out in a double-play from second base to shortstop, to first base for the final out of the inning.
The Roadrunners led 2-0 over the 'Bows. After that, the 'Bows could not find any scoring opportunities as they took the loss.
UH will now travel to play Ohio State from March 21-24. First pitch is set for Thursday at 11:05 a.m. HST.