One Bumpy Third Inning Dooms the Highlanders
One inning was the difference in the game for the UC Riverside Baseball team on Saturday night versus Hawaii. The Highlanders fell to the Warriors 15-3 in a game where the score didn’t tell the whole story.
Hawaii took notes from Riverside’s game one performance and came out with a purpose as they scored two runs in the first inning to take an early lead. But the Highlanders answered in the bottom of the second with a two-run home run by junior Connor Cannon.
But after the Cannon home run is when the clouds turned dark for the Highlanders. The Warriors scored 12 runs in the third inning alone with only two of them being earned. Untimely fielding led to a surge of runs by a pesky Warriors team. Without that inning, the teams finished the rest of the game in a 3-3 tie.
The Highlanders got their steady production from senior Yeagar Taylor as he collected two hits and an RBI. The senior has been the team’s most consistent hitter throughout the season as he lifted his average to a team-best .330 on the season.
Junior Travis Bohall also had a solid game for Riverside as he collected three hits on the game which was a team-high. Sophomore right-hander Jeremaiah Priddy pitched 4 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run. Priddy hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last four appearances across seven innings of work.
The Highlanders look to take the rubber match from Hawaii Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Hawaii 2 0 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 15
UC Riverside 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
Press Release Provided By the University of California Riverside