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Rainbows are first team eliminated from WAC tournament

By Billy Hull

LAST UPDATED: 10:57 a.m. HST, May 24, 2012

MESA, Ariz. >> Hawaii's final Western Athletic Conference tournament lasted less than 24 hours as the Rainbows were the first team eliminated following a 9-6 loss to Louisiana Tech on Thursday at Hohokam Stadium.

Matt Sisto (8-4) was rocked for five runs on nine hits in two innings in his 55th and final start for Hawaii, which finished the season 30-25.

Justin Gordey had a career-high four hits for Louisiana Tech (25-27), which had 17 in the game off of five different UH pitchers.

Stephen Ventimilia went 2-for-5 with a double and three runs scored and Kaeo Aliviado was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

Collin Bennett with 0-for-4 with a walk and was held hitless for the first time in 11 WAC tournament games.

UH went 0-2 for the first time in the tournament since it was brought back in 2006. The Rainbows will move to the Big West Conference next season.

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Valleyisle57 wrote:
They were going to be late for lunch anyway! Great way to leave the WAC,,,,,,GO BLOWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on May 24,2012 | 11:04AM
frontman wrote:
What a shocker................................................lol
on May 24,2012 | 02:22PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Heh, it happens. Up until now, it had been a great season. Slips here and there, but overall the Bows provided the fans with great games. Thanks to all the team members! There are always those like Valleyisle57 - forget them!
on May 24,2012 | 11:38AM
Valleyisle57 wrote:
Really????? fairgame????? GREAT SEASON?????? What planet have you been on?????? They may have played OK at home but once they went away,,they SUCKED......and I mean SUCK!!!!!! You can forget me all you want. Truth of the matter is...the team will be forgot unless something changes!
on May 25,2012 | 07:18AM
Mana07 wrote:
Alright! Another wonderful MEDIOCRE year! I'm looking forward to being a few games over 500 again next year!
on May 24,2012 | 12:24PM
frings wrote:
Another lackluster year and an embarrasment as they leave the WAC. I cringe to think what will happen to them in the Big West.
on May 24,2012 | 12:42PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
You will never win games when runners are in scoring position and not brought home to score with timely hits.
on May 24,2012 | 01:00PM
islandsun wrote:
UH baseball fans have become used to the medeocre program and losses in big games. Trap is a nice guy and all but the program will stay this way.
on May 24,2012 | 01:27PM
BTO wrote:
Gets tougher next year in the BIG WEST....No powder puff teams there...
on May 24,2012 | 02:12PM
momigirl wrote:
As a fan who actually attended the games or watched the Bows on TV, I have only good memories of their great moments. The team was exciting to watch and gave us so much pleasure each week. I wish the Seniors the best and the rest of the team much luck in the future. I look forward to watching them again next season.
on May 24,2012 | 03:02PM
cbie808 wrote:
My sentiments exactly. Until next season, as always…GO 'BOWS!
on May 24,2012 | 03:18PM
ClearHeaded wrote:
Good guys. Good year. Why is it UH teams in most sports seem to peak too early in their seasons?
on May 24,2012 | 03:16PM
nomakeshame wrote:
As a UH fan living on the mainland, I must say, generally, I can give reasons as to why UH lose to my friends. However, this year was quite different as the word "choke" seemed to be motto of all the teams this year, except for of course, the Wahine volleyball program and womens tennis(?) The football team, mens basketball team and the baseball team picked odd times of the season to take swan dives.The mens volleyball program forgot their season even started. The baseball team won just 4 games on the road and people are saying great memories? Great memories of what? Getting swept and going winless on two road trips? I sincerely hope the level of play as well as the mental state of the players step up next year as its not going to get any easier in new conferences. But, if people are happy with just "great memories" year in and year out just continue with the status quo.
on May 24,2012 | 03:24PM
momigirl wrote:
The great memories are those games that went overtime and where they won by one run. It's easy to say bad things but they played hard and we are fond of them, not only as players, but as great guys on and off the field.
on May 24,2012 | 04:03PM
nomakeshame wrote:
Its too bad many UH fans and probably the teams buy into the "as long as we play hard" mentality. Thats just another excuse, right up there with "been on the road too long, its a road game" Playing hard and losing is one thing, but being in first, controlling your destiny and giving it all away is another story. I am sure there are many fans that okay with the "played hard" atttitude, but I am pretty sure there are many that also would like to see these teams win and win consistently. I hate to see what the cream of the crop baseball teams in the Big West are going to do to Hawaii next year, especially at their ballparks.
on May 24,2012 | 05:19PM
BRIMAC wrote:
Great call Kitamura, "we can run the table"
on May 24,2012 | 03:36PM
Descartes22 wrote:
Another mediocre year for Trapasso. Our 7 team conference was not exactly laden with powerhouses. Our ho-hum coach has taken too long to recognize the state's baseball talent and the competitive advantage of fielding a predominantly home-grown stocked team. We've endured almost 10 years of running in place. Trapasso's always wanted to move on (but smart AD's knew better). It's long overdue for our AD to make the necessary move and reinvigorate the program. There are not that many D-1 baseball head coach positions available each year, so the job would be coveted by highly qualified candidates.
on May 24,2012 | 04:28PM
doggielover wrote:
Get rid of the entire coaching staff!!! They've had long enough to get stronger and tougher players, and to get them to play hard-nosed baseball. Appears the recruits they recruited to play in our house can play only in our house (lack of power hitting, and lack of timely hitting--too many "Ks")-- they have lacked the "attitude" to kick butt and take no prisoners anywhere they play. Time for a change.
on May 24,2012 | 11:41PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
!!?? Hawaii sure played like "Rainbows" for this tournament.
on May 24,2012 | 04:54PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Need more talent, lol.
on May 24,2012 | 09:54PM
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