With an emphatic 11-1 loss to No. 6 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night, the Hawaii baseball team clinched a losing 2019 campaign.
UH, which hung around .500 both overall and in Big West play for most of the season, dropped to 20-26 (8-12 BWC) for 2019 after allowing a season-high 18 hits and earning just three hits of their own in front of a Saturday night turnstile crowd of 2,261.
It snapped two straight years of winning overall records (28-23 in 2017 and 27-24 in 2018). The best the Rainbow Warriors can finish now is 24-26.
Ethan Lopez goes down on strikes and #HawaiiBSB falls 11-1 to No. 6 UCSB in Game 2 of the final home series of 2019.
Gauchos (43-7) rack up 18 hits in a three-hitter and win their 12th straight.
UH (20-26) clinched a losing overall record.
Senior day game at 1 pm Sunday. pic.twitter.com/3vmWutpBM0
— Hawaii Warrior World (@hawaiiwworld) May 19, 2019
The blowout also ensured that UH can do no better than .500 in the Big West with four games to play (Sunday’s 1 p.m. senior day game against UCSB and a three-game road series at last-place Long Beach State next week).
That means UH will have to wait at least another year for its first winning Big West season; its best BWC finishes have been .500 in 2015 and 2016. UH was above .500 in the Big West (7-6) when it won at Cal State Northridge in that series opener on April 26, but it has dropped six of seven conference games since.
On the upside Saturday, Ethan Lopez broke up the no-hitter of Jack Dashwood (9-1) with a solo shot to dead center in the fifth inning. It was Lopez’s team-high fifth homer of the season.
— Spectrum Sports HI (@specsportshi) May 19, 2019
Record: 20-30 overall, 8-16 Big West
|2/15/2019||Portland||LMS||L, 4-10, 10 inn.|
|2/24/2019||Iowa||LMS||W, 8-7, 10 inn.|
|3/14/2019||CSU Bakersfield||LMS||W, 7-4|
|3/15/2019||CSU Bakersfield||LMS||L, 4-8|
|3/16/2019||CSU Bakersfield||LMS||L, 4-5|
|3/17/2019||CSU Bakersfield||LMS||L, 0-2|
|3/21/2019||at Ohio State||Columbus, Ohio||L, 4-6|
|3/22/2019||at Ohio State||Columbus, Ohio||L, 5-6|
|3/23/2019||at Ohio State||Columbus, Ohio||L, 5-7|
|3/24/2019||at Ohio State||Columbus, Ohio||W, 15-3|
|3/29/2019||UC Irvine*||LMS||W, 10-2|
|3/30/2019||UC Irvine*||LMS||L, 5-8|
|3/31/2019||UC Irvine*||LMS||L, 0-4|
|4/5/2019||UC Davis*||LMS||W, 9-5|
|4/6/2019||UC Davis*||LMS||L, 3-6|
|4/7/2019||UC Davis*||LMS||W, 13-6|
|4/12/2019||at UC Riverside*||Riverside, Calif.||L, 5-16|
|4/13/2019||at UC Riverside*||Riverside, Calif.||W, 15-3|
|4/14/2019||at UC Riverside*||Riverside, Calif.||L, 3-4|
|4/18/2019||Cal State Fullerton*||LMS||L, 2-5|
|4/19/2019||Cal State Fullerton*||LMS||W, 8-6|
|4/20/2019||Cal State Fullerton*||LMS||W, 3-1|
|4/24/2018||at San Diego||San Diego, Calif.||W, 5-2|
|4/26/2019||at Cal State Northridge*||Northridge, Calif.||W, 4-3|
|4/27/2019||at Cal State Northridge*||Northridge, Calif.||L, 2-10|
|4/28/2019||at Cal State Northridge*||Northridge, Calif.||L, 3-6|
|4/30/2019||at Cal Baptist||Riverside, Calif.||W, 6-2|
|5/3/2019||at Cal Poly *||San Luis Obispo, Calif.||L, 4-12|
|5/4/2019||at Cal Poly*||San Luis Obispo, Calif.||L, 2-3|
|5/5/2019||at Cal Poly*||San Luis Obispo, Calif.||W, 4-1|
|5/17/2019||UC Santa Barbara*||LMS||L, 2-8|
|5/18/2019||UC Santa Barbara*||LMS||L, 1-11|
|5/19/2019||UC Santa Barbara*||LMS||L, 3-6, 11 inn.|
|5/23/2019||at Long Beach State*||Long Beach, Calif.||L, 0-4|
|5/24/2019||at Long Beach State*||Long Beach, Calif.||L, 4-5|
|5/25/2019||at Long Beach State*||Long Beach, Calif.||L, 4-9|
|Home games played at Les Murakami Stadium|
|All times Hawaii time; schedule subject to change|
|*—Big West Conference game|