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Hawai’i Rallies Past UCR with Four-Run Eighth

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — If there is ever any doubt about the youthful exuberance about collegiate or professional baseball players — adults playing a childhood game — just watch a pitcher that has struggled but sneaks out a win because his offense rallies.

Rarely will you see a pitcher quite as giddy as the moment his offense scores the tying run after he has exited the game, taking the pitcher off the hook for the loss. It is perhaps only surpassed by the pitcher in the same situation whose offense scores the go-ahead run putting him in line for the victory.[…]

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