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Fresno State Beats Hawaii in WAC Title Game

Posted May 28, 2011, 09:43 PM HST Updated May 30, 2011, 09:46 AM HST
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By Fred Guzman

The only way for Hawaii to assure itself of a berth in the NCAA tournament was by winning the WAC tournament title. That didn’t happen, and now the Rainbows must wait and fret over a decidedly long-shot invitation to college baseball’s version of the Big Dance.

The Bows were soundly beaten, 15-4, by Fresno State in Saturday’s  championship game of the WAC tourney in Mesa, Ariz.

As a result, UH will have to wait and fret until the NCAA selection show, which will be televised Monday at 6:30 a.m., Hawaii time, on ESPN.

The Bulldogs, which earned the conference’s automatic berth, improved to 40-14, while Hawaii – which shared the WAC regular-season title with Fresno State – fell to 34-25.

Fresno State jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but UH pulled even in the bottom of the second inning on a Pi’ikea Kitamura’s two-run single and Zack Swasey scoring all the way from second on a poor pickoff throw.

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It was all Bulldogs after that, with Fresno State responding with three runs in the top of the third and added another six runs in the fifth for a 12-3 lead.

The Bows may have been worn out after surviving an elimination game earlier in the day that lasted three hours, 40 minutes and featured a combined 28 runs in an 18-10 winover Louisiana Tech.

Swasey went 4-for-6 with one run and three RBI to lead UH. Jeffrey Van Doornum went 3-for-4 with two runs and Sean Montplaisir added two hits, three runs, and four RBI.  Kolten Wong homered and drove in a pair of runs.

The Rainbows used five pitchers, with Randy Yard earning the win in two scoreless innings.

Wong, Kitamura, and Matt Sisto were named to the All-Tournament Team

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