Feb. 14, 1997
Flores Loses His First To Hawaii
HONOLULU - In front of 2,641 Hawaii fans, Rainbow Neal Homa went 3-for-5, including two doubles leading to two RBI's, to help lift Hawaii (4-10) over the Trojans (8-3) by the score of 9-3. Nothing went well for the Trojans. The team committed three errors on the day, along with losing their head coach, Mike Gillespie, to ejection in the bottom of the seventh inning amidst a three run rally by the Rainbows.
Rob Gorr gave the Trojans their only lead of the game at 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning with a two run double, but eight runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings put the Trojans in a 9-3 hole. A hole they couldn't climb out of.
Down 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning Trojan pitcher Jack Krawczyk took the mound to give up two hits, and two walks in four batters. His poor performance on the mound resulted in four runs for the Rainbows.
The winning pitcher Robby Robinson recorded his first win of the season raising his record to 1-2 on the year. Robinson pitched a complete game striking out six Trojan batters. The loss was given to USC starting pitcher Randy Flores who finished the day with six strikeouts, but gave up four runs in 6.2 innings of play. The loss was Flores first of the season dropping his overall record to 3-1.
The leading batter for the Trojans was, first baseman, Greg Walbridge who finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Marc Mirizzi, Morgan Ensberg, and Brad Ticehurst all had hits for doubles, but failed to produce on any other plate appearances. They all finished the day 1-for-4 on the day.
The Trojans will get another chance at the Rainbows when they face each other again on Saturday at 9:30 PST.
R H E USC Trojans 000 200 010 3 8 3 Hawaii Rainbows 001 000 35- 9 9 0 Flores, Weilbing (7), Krawcsyk (8), Sanchez (8), and Munson. Robinson, and Perreira. WP - Robinson (1-2). LP - Flores (3-1). HR - Perreira (UH). Notable: Hanma (UH) 3-5, 2 RBI; Perreira (UH) 2-4, 2RBI, HR; Walbridge (USC) 2-4, RBI, run scored; Gorr1-4, 2 RBI.