The day game provided few bright spots for the Rainbow Warriors in a 13-2 loss to Oregon at Les Murakami Stadium.
> The ‘Bows already had clinched their second series win of the year by winning the first three games. But any hope of a sweep vanished when the Ducks kept scoring and scoring and pitcher Brett Walker kept posting zero after zero. Walker did not allow a baserunner until Tyler Murray‘s single with one out in the sixth.
> Tai Atkins, who has been so steady in relieft, just did not have it in his first start. HE was ousted in the third inning after being tagged for five runs. Head coach Mike Trapasso indicated Atkins would return to the bullpent, where he is both more comfortable and aggressive.
> The ‘Bows were able to get some work for pitcher Nick Miller, a JC transfer making his first appearance, and at bats for reliever Vince Reilly, who pinch hit and then played right field.
> Chicago State has assured Trapasso it will play in this coming week’s series. Chicago State’s basketball teams had canceled road games in reaction to coronavirus threats. “They’re planning on coming,” Trapasso said.
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We’re in the middle of the fifh, which brings us to the half-game report:
> Kenyon Yovan rocketed a two-run homer in the first and Aaron Zavala blasted a solo shot in the fifth as the Ducks lead 6-0.
> It was another brief outing for a UH starting pitcher. Tai Atkins, in his first college start, lasted 2.2 innings, allowing six hits and five earned runs.
> Brett Walker was perfect through four innings, retiring every ‘Bow he faced.
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It’s the series between Oregon and Hawaii today at the Les.
The ‘Bows won the first three games, including last night’s drama when they rallied from a 5-0 deficit, then scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the ninth.
Tai Atkins, a freshman, makes his first collegiate start after three relief appearances. Atkins was ailing after returning from last week’s road trip, but is OK now.