Appeal Staff Report
The University of Hawaii defeated the University of Nevada baseball team 14-5 in a winner's bracket game in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday in Ruston, La.
Nevada (32-25) will now take on Sacramento State in a elimination game at 1 p.m. today.
Hawaii scored 11 runs in the first four innings of the game with three in the first, second and fourth innings and two in the third to take a commanding 11-3 advantage.
Hawaii struck first in the first. With two down Jeffrey Van Doornum hit a three-run home run to right center field to give Hawaii a 3-0 lead.
In the second the Pack loaded the bases with two out but Van Doornum ran down a line drive in right center field off the bat Jason Sadoian to keep Nevada off the scoreboard.
The Rainbows chased Wolf Pack starter Kyle Howe in the bottom of the second, scoring three more runs on three hits. Brandon Haislet's two-run homer knocked Howe out of the game as Derek Achelpohl was brought out of the bullpen to get the final out.
Nevada got on the scoreboard in the third inning when designated hitter Terry Walsh's single to left field scored Dayton's Matt Bowman, who started the inning with a single.
Howe (8-3), an all-WAC first team choice, gave up six runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings. Hawaii has given Howe two of his three losses this season. Hawaii starter Joshua Schneider (6-2) got the win, allowing five runs on 12 hits in 7.1 innings.
Bowman went 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI to lead Nevada. Walsh, Mike Hale and Kevin Rodland all added two hits for the Wolf Pack.