RUSTON, La. - Trevor Podratz homered and drove in the game-tying run in the ninth inning, and the University of Hawaii baseball team beat Louisiana Tech 4-3 in 12 innings Thursday at J.C. Love Field in the opener of the teams' three-game Western Athletic Conference series.
With the Rainbows (25-16, 5-2 WAC) down 3-2 in the ninth, Podratz singled through the left side of the infield to score Kaeo Aliviado from third base.
In the 12th, UH capitalized on Louisiana Tech's only error of the game. Collin Bennett laid down a bunt to sacrifice Piikea Kitamura to third, but an errant throw to first by third baseman Beau Bayliss allowed Kitamura to score what proved to be the game-winning run.
Kyle Dowdy (2-2) worked 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win, and Brent Harrison retired the side in order in the 12th to earn his seventh save.
Caleb Dudley (4-3) pitched the final two innings for the Bulldogs (18-23, 1-9) and took the loss, allowing one hit and Kitamura's unearned run.
Hawaii's Matt Sisto and Louisiana Tech's Jeb Stefan were engaged in a pitchers' duel through seven innings, but neither factored in the decision.
The teams are scheduled to play again today.