RENO, Nev. — The University of Hawai‘i Rainbow baseball team (34-25) fell to the Nevada Wolf Pack (34-25) 8-6 in 11 innings in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at Peccole Park yesterday. Jayson Kramer (3-4) pitched a great game, allowing two runs on five hits in a career-long 7.1 innings, but took the loss. Matt Renfree (5-0) got the win for Nevada.
Landon Hernandez led the way for Hawai‘i offensively, going 2-for-5 with a two-run home run. Kevin Macdonald also was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Justin Frash added a 1-for-5 game with a run and one RBI. Brandon Haislet was also 1-for-5 with one RBI.
The Wolf Pack jumped on Hawai‘i early, scoring three runs in the second inning and two in the third to go ahead 5-0.
Nevada added another run in the top of the fifth before Hawai‘i started to make their run.
In the bottom of the sixth, Frash opened the Rainbow scoring, singling in a run. Macdonald later hit a two-run single with Haislet driving in another run, cutting the Hawai‘i deficit back to 6-4.
That was how it would stay until the bottom of the ninth, when Hernandez extended the game with a two-run homer to left field, tying the game at 6-6.
After a scoreless 10th inning, Kramer opened the 11th by hitting the leadoff batter. The sophomore was then taken out before Nevada posted two runs, putting the Pack ahead 8-6.
Jorge Franco and Hernandez had back-to-back singles to give the ‘Bows runners on first and second with just one out. But Nevada was able to enduce a double play, ending the game at 8-6.
The loss ends Hawai‘i’s season at 34-25, the fifth-consecutive winning season for the school. It was also the fourth year in the last five that the Rainbows won 30-plus games.