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Gonzaga takes 2 from Hawaii

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:17 p.m. HST, Mar 24, 2012

Gonzaga rallied for three runs in the final two innings to defeat Hawaii 7-6 and sweep a doubleheader on Saturday at Washington Trust Field in Spokane, Wash.

Alex Stanford scored the winning run from second base on a throwing error by Pi'ikea Kitamura trying to get Eric Lane out at first on a slow-hit grounder.

After the Rainbows (14-10) were shut out 4-0 in the first game, Hawaii scored three runs in the top of the first in the nightcap to take a 3-0 lead.

That lead didn't last an inning as starter Scott Squier was pulled after recording just one out, allowing three runs on three hits, a walk and two hit batters.

David Longviille pitched the next 6 2/3 innings, but was pulled after the first two batters reached base in the eighth.

Brent Harrison (1-1) was credited with the loss for Hawaii.

Marco Gonzales took a no-hitter into the seventh inning after retiring 18 straight batters and Maxx Garrett and Royce Bolinger each homered for the Bulldogs (15-6) in the first game.

Hawaii failed to score a single run for starter Jarrett Arakawa (2-2) for the second straight game. Arakawa, who lost 3-0 to San Francisco last weekend, allowed two earned runs on nine hits in six innings with three walks and no strikeouts.

After walking Stephen Ventimilia to start the game, Gonzales recorded 18 consecutive outs before Breland Almadova doubled to lead off the seventh inning.

Gonzales (4-0) extended his NCAA-best streak with his 15th consecutive win, striking out seven in eight innings to lead Gonzaga (14-6).

Ventimilia and Almadova singled to start the ninth, ending Gonzales' day. Zach Abbruzza came on in relief and struck out Collin Bennett before getting Joe Goldenberg to ground into a double play to earn his third save.

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BigJnHI wrote:
With all of these UH errors over the past few weeks, perhaps it would benefit the Rainbows if the Les Murakami scoreboard had the UH errors blackened out instead of Visiting Team's errors blanked out. The visitor's error total is blank every game. If we cannot get the scoreboard repaired shortly, then moving the blanked out panel from the visitors side to the UH side would save some face. Go Bows!
on March 24,2012 | 06:37PM
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