UH baseball team opens with loss

The University of Hawaii baseball team gave up a run in the top of the ninth inning and lost 3-2 to Oregon on Friday at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu in the opening game of the season for both teams.

In the top of the ninth, Eric Gleese (0-1) retired the first two batters before walking Nick Catalano and A.J. Balta. Jordan DePonte then relieved, and struck out Scott Heineman – but on a wild pitch that allowed Catalano to score from second base.

The Ducks scored their first two runs in the fourth – both of them unearned after errors by second baseman Stephen Ventimilia and left fielder Marc Flores. Matt Cooper also hit a batter with a pitch and Alan Baldwin was charged with a passed ball during the inning.

The Rainbow Warriors tied the score in the fifth – Marcus Doi drew a bases-loaded walk, and the next batter, Kaeo Aliviado, drove in a run on a fielder’s choice groundout, beating a potential double play.

Oregon’s Mark Karaviotis, a Maui High School graduate, made his college debut, entering the game at shortstop in the bottom of ninth and throwing out Ventimilia on a ground ball.

Garrett Cleavinger earned the win with an inning of relief, and Jake Reed got the last three outs for a save.