Game 1: Hawaii downs Baylor Bears
HOUSTON, Tex.—The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (6-8) beat the Baylor Bears (6-6) 2-1 in game one of the Houston College Classic behind a strong start from LJ Brewster. Brewster (3-1) had the strikeout pitch working early and often throughout his 6 1/3 innings pitched. He gave up just one run on two hits with 4 walks before giving way to the bullpen with two on and one out in the seventh inning. Josh Pigg was able to set down the next two hitters to keep the lead. The Rainbow Warrior bullpen worked the last 2 2/3 innings without surrendering a hit to the Bears.
Drew Tolson (0-1) had a strong outing for Baylor in the losing effort. The only two runs he gave up on the day came in the second and fourth innings. In each inning, a two out single by Hawaii third baseman Alex Sawelson scored Alan Baldwin from second. Tolson went 6 innings giving up two runs on five hits and striking out 4. Joe Kirkland worked two scoreless innings for the bears out of the bullpen. The Bears threatened to tie it up and possibly take the lead in the eighth inning after back-to-back walks by Pigg to Logan Brown and Darryn Sheppard, but Matt Valencia came out of the bullpen for Hawaii and struck out the side to keep the lead. Cody Culp came in and worked a scoreless ninth to record his third save of the season.
Score by Inning
WP: LJ Brewster (3-1)
LP: Drew Tolson (0-2)
Save: Cody Culp (3)
Game 2: A&M Pitches It’s Way to Win Over Nebraska
HOUSTON, Tex.– The Texas A&M Aggies are on the road for the first time this season. Also for the first time this season, they have a resume-building opponent in the Nebraska Cornhuskers. A.J. Minter and the A&M bullpen were up to the challenge as they combined to give up just 1 unearned run on 4 hits on Friday.
Both teams went down without much of a whimper in the first, but the Aggies plated a run in the second. Nick Banks and Logan Taylor led off the inning with back-to-back singles and Michael Barash walked to load the bases. With one out and the bases full of Aggies, J.B. Moss singled to right field to score the first run of the ball game. That’s all the damage A&M could do though, as lead off hitter Blake Allemand grounded into an inning-ending double play on the next play.
Nebraska was able to tie it up with their only run of the game in the fourth. Ryan Boldt was hit by an A.J. Minter pitch to lead off the inning and moved to second on an error by Minter. With two outs, Ben Miller hit a single up the middle that easily scored Boldt from second.
That was the last run scored until the bottom of the eighth inning when J.B. Moss was able to pull a 1-0 pitch into Minute Maid Park’s Crawford Boxes in left field.
A.J. Minter worked five innings, giving up four hits and only the one unearned run in a no-decision. Getting the win on the mound for the Aggies was Andrew Vinson, who threw one full inning in relief. Mark Ecker got the save, his first of the season, after working the ninth for A&M.
Chance Sinclair falls to 1-3 on the season despite pitching a complete game for the Cornhuskers. He gave up two runs on five hits while also striking out five on the night.
Score by Inning
Errors Doom Rainbow Warriors in Loss to Nebraska
Hawaii (6-9) was able to make it interesting in the ninth with a three spot, but two errors allowed multiple runs to score in the fifth for the Corn Huskers (7-5).
With one out in the Nebraska fifth, Jake Schleppenbach reached on a fielder’s choice that erased Luis Alvarado and moved Steven Reveles to second base. One hitter later, Scott Schreiber hit a hard grounder to second base that was misplayed by JJ Kitaoka and resulted in two Husker runs.
Those were the only runs of the game until the eighth inning when Nebraska added to it’s lead. Ryan Boldt singled up the middle to lead-off the inning and advanced to second on a balk by Hawaii reliever Andrew Jones. Two hitters later, with runners on first and second, Tanner Lubach singled to right field to score Boldt. Austin Darby followed that up by beating out a taylor made double play ball to score PR Jake Placzek from third.
In the ninth, Chayce Ka’aua walked off of reliever Jeff Chesnut to lead-off the inning. Alex Sawelson then singled down the left field line right behind him. After a strikeout, single, and a pop out loaded the bases for Hawaii, JJ Kitaoka hit paydirt with a bases clearing double down the left field line scoring Ka’aua, Sawelson and Jacob Sheldon-Collins to make the score 4-3.
That’s as close as it would get though, as Jordan Richartz would strike out two batters later to end the game. Kyle Kubat (2-0) got the win on the mound for the Huskers pitching 6.1 innings and giving up five hits with zero runs allowed. Taking the loss for Hawaii was Tyler Brashears (2-2) who went seven innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. The save went to Colton Howell in his .1 of an inning in relief in the ninth.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
UH- 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 8 2
NU- 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 X 4 9 1
Pitching, Defense Carries LSU over Baylor
The pitching staffs of Baylor and LSU kept the other side off the board for 8 innings. But someone had to score, something had to give. This time, it was LSU that took advantage and won the game.