May 19, 2013
HONOLULU, O'ahu -
Spencer Henderson had a pair of hits but starter Matt Cooper kept the rest of the Aggie bats in check on Sunday afternoon as host Hawai'i posted a 6-0 Big West Conference baseball win over UC Davis before 3,008 fans at Les Murakami Stadium.
The win gave the Rainbow Warriors the weekend sweep against UC Davis and improved their overall record to 15-33 and their Big West mark to 10-14. The Aggies fell to 19-34 overall and 5-19 in conference action.
Cooper had a strong start for the Rainbow Warriors, pitching eight shutout innings while striking out four and walking just one.
Hawai'i picked up a single run in the first and another in the fifth and held a slim 2-0 lead until breaking the game open with four runs in the eighth.
UC Davis had five hits in the game but only advanced runners to second base twice. Henderson led the Aggies with a pair of singles, knocking one to left-center with one out in the first and the putting another to right in his second at-bat in the third inning.
Left-fielder Tino Lipson, third baseman Paul Politi and second baseman Steven Patterson also had singles for UC Davis.
Starting pitcher Evan Wolf (3-4) was effective for the Aggies in his six innings of work. He allowed just six hits and two runs - only one of them earned - to go with a strikeout and four walks.
The Rainbow Warriors' first run was unearned when third baseman Pi'ikea Kitamura's single to the outfield resulted in an error that allowed Kaeo Aliviado to score with none out in the first.
Wolf faced just one batter over the minimum in the next three innings before Hawai'i was able to score another run on Austin Wobrock's RBI single to center with one out in the fifth.
The Rainbow Warriors made it a six-run game in the eighth against three Aggie relievers, scoring two runs on bases-loaded walks and then picking up a two-run single to right by Stephen Ventemilia. Ventemilia had two hits to lead Hawai'i's offense.
UC Davis will complete the 2013 season next weekend, hosting UC Santa Barbara in a three-game series beginning Friday at 2:30 p.m.