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UH baseball: Hawaii beats No. 14 UCSB to open Big West play

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:29 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2014

Matt Cooper tossed his second complete game of the season and Marcus Doi had three of Hawaii's 14 hits in a 3-1 victory over No. 14 UC Santa Barbara on Friday in the Big West opener for both teams at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Rainbow Warriors (13-12, 1-0) opened conference play handing the Gauchos (18-4, 0-1) just their second home loss in 13 games.

Cooper (3-1) allowed six hits and struck out nine against UCSB, which entered the game seventh in the nation in hitting with a .317 average.

Hawaii pounded 11 hits off of UCSB starter Justin Jacome (4-1), who allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Doi, starting his first game in three weeks and first as a designated hitter, scored on Adam Hurley's two-out RBI single in the second and drove in Kaeo Aliviado with a two-out base hit in the third.

Aliviado went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and Marc Flores added an RBI double in the fifth.

Stephen Ventimilia had three hits.

The three-game series continues on Saturday with Scott Squier (3-1, 2.16 ERA) taking the mound at 11 a.m. Hawaii time.

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gobows wrote:
UH won despite poor coaching strategy.
on March 28,2014 | 02:47PM
Morimoto wrote:
Did you listen to the whole game? If so what was the "poor coaching strategy" you're talking about?
on March 28,2014 | 03:42PM
lwandcah wrote:
Get over it and give the TEAM credit.
on March 28,2014 | 04:02PM
paniolo wrote:
Keep it up...
on March 28,2014 | 02:54PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Hawaii has four guys in the starting rotation that can throw games like this.
on March 28,2014 | 03:19PM
Morimoto wrote:
Yup, I think this team can go far, and by far I mean Regionals, maybe Super Regionals. Anytime you have pitching like that, you have a chance. Can you imagine how good this team can be if the hitting came around. Scary good.
on March 28,2014 | 03:44PM
tod wrote:
I know I shouldn't complain because we won, but I want to know how come we only scratched across 3 runs when we had 14 hits? But anyways, its great that we won on the road against a ranked team!!! Go Bows!
on March 28,2014 | 03:23PM
lowtone123 wrote:
Glad to see the team still htting the ball well at the top of the lineup. The bottom of the lineup needs to start hitting too. You can't expect this type of pitching effort game in, game out.
on March 28,2014 | 03:25PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Terriffic! Thats the way to start Conference play. Go Rainbow Warriors!
on March 28,2014 | 03:29PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Matt Cooper is the man on the mound. Doi brought his bat to the game. Great win.
on March 28,2014 | 04:11PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
Good to see Doi back. Now that they are in conference play and down to a 3-man rotation, the bullpen looks promising with Kuzminsky, Torres-Costa and Jones coming in to relieve.
on March 28,2014 | 10:08PM
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