HONOLULU -- The UH Rainbow baseball team (9-20) fell to the San Jose State Spartans (23-9) in the fourth day of the Ohana Rainbow Easter Tournament at the Les Murakami Stadium. The ticketed attendance was 2,844 Thursday as Michael Malott of San Jose State pitched a complete game one-hitter for the victory. Jason Piepmeier (0-3) got the loss for Hawai`i.
The Spartans shut down the Rainbow offense, shuting out Hawai`i for the first time this season. The only hit of the game for the Rainbows came in the third inning when Grady Symonds hit a triple down the right field line but was unable to score.
Besides that, it was all Spartans, as they got two runs in the third, five runs in the fourth, two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth. Relief pitchers J.P. Gauthier and Chad Giannetti came in and pitched three innings each, giving up two runs a piece.
In earlier action, Birmingham-Southern and UC Riverside got wins over HPU and UH-Hilo, respectively. The Panthers took 15 innings to beat the Sea Warriors 6-5 in the longest game in tournament history (5 hours, 17 minutes). UC Riverside got two runs in the first inning and never looked back, beating the Vulcans 5-1.
Tomorrow's schedule will start with a 10 a.m. meeting between UC Riverside and Lewis-Clark State. Birmingham-Southern and San Jose State will then play the second game before HPU and Hawai`i will meet in the nightcap.