First baseman Alika Kuraoka homered and doubled
in the first game, but the Vulcans shut the rest of the offense
down and HPU lost 3-1.
HPU won four of its first five games thanks in part to outstanding
pitching performances by a trio of freshmen from O‘ahu
high schools. Spencer Omalza, Anthony Ganigan, and Pierce Manglallan
each threw complete games as the Sea Warriors took four of a
five-game series from visiting Longwood University (Va.) Lancers
Feb 5-7 at Ke‘ehi Lagoon.
In the series finale, Omalza gave up two runs over nine innings
enroute to a 15-2 victory. The Leilehua High School grad struck
out three and gave up seven hits. Second baseman Brandon Sato
and shortstop Grandon Costa scored three runs apiece while catcher
Tyler Jefferson contributed with a two-run home run.
Manglallan and Ganigan, graduates of Mililani and Pearl City
High School respectively, each held Longwood to two earned runs
over seven innings as HPU picked up 9-2 and 6-3 victories in
the Sunday double-header.
HPU broke the first game open with a six-run sixth inning sparked
by back-to-back triples from Sato and right fielder Michael Kealoha.
Benoit smacked a three-run home run.
In game two, Nakamura drove in two runs off of two doubles
while Jefferson added two hits and scored twice. Designated
Jay Baptista supplemented the offensive attack with a solo home
The Saturday double-header saw the Sea Warriors strand 11 runners
in each game. Junior transfer Mario Ramirez picked up the win
in game one after allowing one run in six innings and striking
out six Lancer batters. Omalza pitched a scoreless seventh and
earned the save in the 2-1 victory. Kuraoka and Benoit each drove
in a run for HPU.
Game two was tied 1-1 until Longwood turned three HPU seventh
inning errors into six runs. HPU rallied in the bottom of the
inning and loaded the bases, but could not catch up. Southpaw
Cruz Hatanaka took the 7-3 loss. Sato tripled in a run and Daguio
added an RBI double.
HPU played a six-game series against Sonoma State University
(Calif.) Feb 17-19 at Ke‘ehi Lagoon.