Hawaii's baseball team ended the WAC regular season this past weekend the way it started it, with a four-game sweep of a team from Utah.
This time it was the Utes who floundered on the Islands, getting eliminated from the WAC tournament while being shutout in the first three games against the regular-season champion Rainbows.BYU, which started the WAC season with a disastrous trip to Hawaii, finished it with a four-game sweep of Colorado State and a berth in the tournament, which begins Thursday in Honolulu. The Cougars, 16-7 WAC and 34-13 overall, will play San Diego State in the first round of the double-elimination playoffs, while Hawaii (21-5, 45-14) will play Wyoming.
Heading into last weekend, the Utes were in fourth place in the WAC, a half game ahead of Wyoming. They needed only to win as many games against the Rainbows as the Cowboys won against New Mexico in Albuquerque to secure a tourney spot. The Utes ended the season 11-12 in the WAC, 23-30 overall.
In Saturday's late game, Hawaii's Derron Moreland hit a two-run double in the fourth inning that was enough to beat Utah. The final score was 4-0.
Hawaii starter Levon Largusa pitched his way out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation, striking out two Ute batters in the fourth inning and earning the win. Reliever Craig Tucker came on in the sixth inning and in the seventh inning struck out the final three Utah batters.
In Sunday's game the Utes jumped on top in the first inning, getting hits from their first four batters, all of whom scored. Midway through the seventh inning Utah led 6-5, but Hawaii exploded for six runs in the bottom of the inning, off Littlewood and reliever Bret Cornell, to go up 11-6.
The Utes scored three times in the ninth to reach the final score.