Feb. 1, 1997

Bears Can't Pull Off Sweep of Rainbows

HONOLULU -- Looking for a three-game sweep on the Islands, the California Golden Bears baseball team ran into a buzzsaw in the form of the Hawaii Rainbow hitters.

The Rainbow offense sparkled, scoring 15 runs, with a six-run fifth inning and a five-run seventh, to seal the 15-8 victory.

However, not all of the Bears' (2-2) troubles were with the Rainbows (2-8), as Cal was guilty of committing six errors.

Unlike the first two games of the series, the Golden Bears relievers didn't fare too well, as Jon Cuccias was touched for four runs in 1 1/3 innings. He was followed by Jon Shirley (0-1), who gave up three in 1 2/3 innings.

Although his numbers were far from spectacular, Andrew McNally picked up the win for Hawaii, raising his record to 1-0.

Cal shortstop Brian Oliver went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while third baseman Jim Schmidt also had three hits.

Hawaii catcher David Perreira drove in four and left fielder Robert Medeiros had three hits and three RBIs. Rainbow leadoff man Neal Homma was 2-for-4, scored twice, stole two bases and knocked in two.

The Bears basestealers kept busy, swiping 5-of-7 bases. For the game, the teams combined to steal nine bases.

Cal returns to the diamond on Tuesday when it hosts Santa Clara.

California 430 000 010 - 8 10 6 Hawaii 002 061 51x - 15 13 3 Drese, Miller (3), Cuccias (4), Shirley (5), Sumner (7), Walker (7) and Hill, Destefano. McNally, Spurgeon (8) and Perreira. WP - McNally (1-0), LP - Shirley (0-1). S - None. HR: None. Notable: Oliver (C) 3-5, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Perreira (H) 4 RBIs.