January 30, 1999
HONOLULU, HI - The University of California baseball team was swept in its three-game series at Hawaii, losing 4-1, Saturday at Rainbow Stadium in Honolulu. The Bears go to 0-4 on the year, while the Rainbows improved to 6-0. Hawaii had defeated Cal, 9-3, Thursday and 5-2, Friday.
The Rainbows won the third game of the three-game series against the Bears behind the pitching of starter Troy Yoshimasu (1-0) and the hitting of Sean Takamori. Yoshimasu held Cal at bay by pitching 5.0 innings with only one hit, one run and four walks. Takamori was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Hawaii only outhit the Bears, 5-4.
The losing pitcher for Cal was sophomore starter Ryan Atkinson (0-1), who went 5.0 innings with five hits, two earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts. The Bears fell behind the Rainbows, 1-0, in the bottom of the first inning when an errant throw by catcher Mike Tonis on a double steal allowed Takamori to score.
Cal was able to scrap for a run in the top of the third inning when sophomore shortstop Jason Williams had a successful suicide squeeze, scoring Jason Dennis, who had led off the inning with a walk.
The big blow against Cal happened in the third inning when, with the bases loaded, Bear right fielder Ben Gifford lost the ball in the lights and allowed two runs to score. Hawaii got another insurance run in the third on an RBI ground out by Jamie Aloy.
After falling behind 4-1, Cal got some solid relief pitching from junior right-hander Brad Steele (1.0 inning, no hits, one strikeout) and freshman right-hander Trevor Hutchinson (2.0 innings, no hits, two strikeouts).
The Bears played the Hawaii series without the services of head coach Bob Milano, who had triple bypass heart surgery on Jan. 26.
Cal will next host Santa Clara Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond, before taking on Pepperdine in a three-game series beginning Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond.