March 9, 2008
HONOLULU-- Vance Worley (2-0) struck out a career-best 11 over eight innings and Nick Vincent saved the ninth as No. 9-ranked Long Beach State (8-2) won the series with host Hawaii, winning Saturday's finale, 4-2.
Worley, who gave up two runs on six hits over eight innings, gave up three hits and a run in the eighth as Hawaii closed to within 4-2.
Vincent, who got the win in the extra inning victory last night, walked Vinnie Castricala to leadoff the ninth, before getting two fly outs and a ground to close out the brisk two hour and 28 minute affair.
Worley struck out the side in the second, and retired eight in a row to start the contest and another 10 in a row into the eighth. He used just 87 pitches over the first seven innings to strike out 10. He finished with 106 pitches and struck out Brandon Haislet with runners on the corners to finish his night.
LBSU went up 4-0 early, as Robert Burk started off a three-run first inning with his first collegiate homer, leading off the game, before a two-run triple by Devin Lohman made it 3-0. A sacrifice fly in the third inning by Taylor Krick made it 4-0. Burk finished with two hits.
Worley, after retiring the first eight Hawaii batters, five by strikeout, gave up back-to-back singles with two outs in the third to make it 4-1.
Honolulu native Kip Masuda, making his first start of the series at catcher, singled in his first at-bat in the second. Masuda's high school is a stone's throw from the UH campus.
The finale of the three-game series will be on Sunday at 4 p.m. Pacific with freshman RHP Jacob Thompson (1-0, 2.08) slated to start for LBSU.
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