Bruins Fall To Hawaii In Extra Innings, 8-7
Feb. 17, 2002
HONOLULU -- On a walk-off home run by Brian Bock, the University of HawaiiRainbow baseball team (5-5) got the sweep over the UCLA Bruins (7-6) with a8-7 victory in 10 innings. Matt Le Ducq picked up the win for the Rainbowswhile Mike Castillo got the loss. There were 2,771 tickets issued for thegame at the Les Murakami Stadium.
The Rainbows picked up their first series win of the season with a sweep ofthe Bruins. Sunday's game was another back-and-forth affair with Hawaii andUCLA answering each others' moves. UH came out first scoring a run in thefirst and second innings before the Bruins answered with four runs in thetop of the third.
Hawaii then retook the lead on a three-run double by Kevin Gilbride in thebottom of the third. After adding another run in the fifth, the Rainbowsgave up a two-run blast by Ben Francisco to tie the game again at six. GreggOmori drove in Brent Cook in the bottom of the sixth to take the leadmomentarily before a Bruin sacrifice fly tied the game again in the seventh.
The teams then turned to their closers as Hawaii's Matt Le Ducq and UCLA'sDavid Johnson shut down the opposition for three and 3.1 inningsrespectively. But in the bottom of the tenth, Brian Bock, the Rainbows'first batter, smacked a solo home run on a 2-1 count to end the game.
Brent Cook continued his impressive play against the Bruins, going 3-for-4with an RBI and a run scored. He also led the team in the field with sevenassists at third base. Cook ended the series with a .857 batting averagewith three RBI, three runs scored and a double, while recording a team high18 assists in the field.
Also hitting well for Hawaii were Gregg Omori and Scooter Martines. Omoriwent 2-for-5 on the day with an RBI and a run scored, while Martines hit3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Leading the way for the Bruins was center fielder Ben Francisco, who wasjust a triple short of hitting for the cycle, hitting 4-for-6. Franciscoalso drove in three runs while scoring twice. Josh Arhart also hit well,going 3-for-6 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored, while Ryan McCarthywent 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.