HONOLULU -- The University of Hawaii Rainbow baseball team (6-6) defeated the Brigham Young Cougars (4-11) 10-5 in the second game of a three-game series Friday night at the Les Murakami Stadium. The ticketed attendance was 2,878 with UH senior Aaron Pribble (2-0) picking up the 'W.' BYU's Ryan Adams was credited with the loss.
After giving up one run to the Cougars in the first, the Rainbows used scored three runs, all with two outs, including a two-run single by Kevin Gilbride to take the 3-1 lead. From there Hawaii never looked back as they got one run on a Gregg Omori single in the second and three runs on RBI by Brian Bock, Arthur Guillen and Brent Cook to take a comanding 7-1 lead after the third.
The Cougars were able to cut the lead with a three-run fourth, but that was as close as it would get as Lane Nogawa, Omori and Bock all brought in runs in the sixth and seventh innings to score the rest of the Rainbow runs.
Aaron Pribble led the way for Hawaii, going eight innings giving up five earned runs with five strikeouts and just one walk. Jason Piepmeier came in in relief in the ninth inning and put BYU away 1-2-3 to end the game.
Leading the Rainbow batters were Nogawa, Omori and Derek Honma. Nogawa went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored while Omori was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Honma, in his first start since the Florida State series, went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the leadoff batter position.
The two teams will go at it again tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. at the Les Murakami Stadium. UH's Chris George and BYU's Scott Koffman are penciled in as the starters for tomorrow's game.