Mistakes cost baseball losses for Cal Poly

HONOLULU – The Hawaii baseball team took an early lead but made some costly mistakes in a big fifth inning loss to Cal Poly in a 9-5 loss before a large Saturday night crowd at Les Murakami Stadium.

The Rainbow Warriors broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the fourth. After back-to-back walks and a wild pitch to start the inning, Kyson Donahue put the ‘Bows on the board with an RBI single to make it 1-0. Austin Machado came around to score the second run on a double play.

Cal Poly would come right back with five runs on two UH errors in the top of the fifth to take the lead. After a leadoff homer cut UH’s lead to 2-1, the Mustangs scored four more runs after a pair of Hawai’i errors on potential double play balls to end the inning extended the frame, making the score 5-2 Cal Poly .

The Mustangs added two more in the seventh with the help of a misjudged fly ball, followed by an RBI triple and sacrifice fly, making it 7-2.

Not wanting to go away quietly, UH scored three runs in the eighth to cut the score to 7-5. After a pair of Cal Poly errors put runners on the corners with no outs, Jake Tsukada delivered an RBI double to cut the deficit to four. Machado followed one batter later with a two-run single to pull the ‘Bows within two. UH had a chance to add more, but a double play and strikeout ended the frame.

Machado continued his solid weekend, posting a three-hit game for the second straight game after going 3-for-3. On the weekend, Machado is 6-for-7 with a walk and three RBIs. Elijah Ickes delivered a multi-hit game one day after taping a multi-RBI game, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Jordan Donahue his 18-game hitting streak was snapped after he went 0-for-5. Donahue’s 18-game winning streak is the fourth-longest in program history and was the longest since Neal Honma struck safely in 19 consecutive games at the end of the 1997 season and the beginning of the 1998 season.

The ‘Bows will look for victory in Sunday’s series finale, which starts at 1:05 p.m. at Les Murakami Stadium.