Jan. 30, 2002
HONOLULU – The University of Hawaii Rainbow baseball team (1-0) defeated the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles (3-1) 3-2 off a game-winning sacrifice fly by Derek Honma in the bottom of the ninth. The game was witnessed by 3,933 fans at the newly renamed Les Murakami Stadium. The win was the first for new UH baseball coach Mike Trapasso.
With the Seminole pitchers shutting down the Rainbows for the first seven innings, Hawaii came into the bottom of the eighth down 2-0. Brian Bock singled, then advanced to third on a double by Tim Montgomery. He later scored when Honma hit into a ground out.
The Rainbow bats then came alive in the bottom of the ninth. After getting the first hitter out, Seminole pitcher Eric Roman walked two straight batters before giving up the game-tying RBI on a single by Brian Bock. Honma then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Cortland Wilson, to win the game.
Leading the way for the Rainbows was Brian Bock, who hit 2-for-4 with one run scored and the game-tying RBI. Honma led Hawaii with two RBI on the night. The winning pitcher was Aaron Pribble who came in relief to pitch the ninth inning. Bryan Lee, Hawaii’s starter, had a good performance holding the Seminoles to just two runs in eight innings of work.
The game was preceded by a big ceremony that commemorated the renaming of the baseball stadium to the Les Murakami Stadium. Included in the distinguished speakers were governor Ben Cayetano, UH President Evan Dobelle and Les Murakami himself.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow in the second game of their four game series at 6:35 p.m. The starters for that game were penciled in as Marc LaMacchia for Florida State and freshman Ricky Bauer for Hawaii.