HPU managed just three wins, two against Presbyterian College
and one against Tampa University, compared to nine losses,
in the first two series.
Starting pitchers Kai Austin and Cruz Hatanaka each earned
wins against Presbyterian by scores of 13-8 and 4-2. Hatanaka
threw a complete game and struck out a career-high nine batters
in the victory.
Austin was also awarded with the 7-2 win over Tampa, thanks
in part to catcher Greg Benoit’s three-run triple and
two RBI from Stanley.
The Sea Warriors must have finally gotten warmed up, because
they proved successful against Cal State-Dominguez Hills,
winning six of seven games and outscoring the visiting
Toros by a combined
48 runs to 24. HPU pounded out 70 hits while the pitching
staff held CS-DH to 47. Third baseman Kyle Stanley drove
runs in the series while first baseman Alika Kuraoka notched
a home run, two triples and two doubles.
Baseball in California
The Sea Wariors were hard at work during spring break with a
10-game California road trip March 23 through April 3. Riding
a six-game winning streak, HPU played four games at Cal Poly
Pomona, two at Cal State-Dominguez Hills, and four at Cal State-San
HPU won two games against each opponent resulting in a 6-4
record for the trip and a 20-19 mark overall.
Senior pitcher Josh Ervin won both games of the second double-header
against Cal State-San Bernadino. After pitching five innings
of relief for a 4-3 victory in the first game, Ervin, now
4-0 on the year, pitched his first career complete game as
won game two 8-4.
HPU continued its season-long domination of Cal State-Dominguez
Hills as the Sea Warriors swept the Toros 7-0 and 8-3 for
an 8-1 record against them. Zach Blatteis won the first
game, allowing only three hits in the shutout. Left fielder
teams leading hitter with a .411 batting average, went
2-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs while Say added three
Lefty Cruz Hatanaka got the win in game two, giving up
two earned runs in 5.1 innings.
In the first road series against Cal Poly Pomona, Kai
Austin and Sean Paiva each picked up wins while Blatteis
were saddled with losses.