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Rainbow Warriors dealt first conference defeat

March 30, 2014
The Maui News

The University of Hawaii baseball team's bid to rally from an eight-run deficit came up short on Saturday in an 8-7 loss to UC Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Gauchos (19-4, 1-1 Big West), No. 15 in the Baseball America rankings, led 8-0 after five innings.

The Rainbow Warriors (13-13, 1-1) got on the board in the sixth, and Kaeo Aliviado's bases-loaded triple was part of a five-run rally in the seventh. In the ninth, Matt Miller's two-out single brought in a run, but Steven Pollakov grounded out with two runners on base to end the game.

Santa Barbara starter Austin Pettibone (2-0) pitched five scoreless innings. Dillon Tate pitched the final two innings for his sixth save of the year.

Scott Squier (2-2) permitted six runs in four innings.

The teams are to finish their three-game series today.



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