In the final doubleheader, starting pitcher
Pierce Manglallan earned the complete-game victory for HPU,
giving up only six hits. The game was tied 1-1 until second
baseman Bryan Daguio singled in a run in the fifth inning and
put the Sea Warriors ahead for good. Left fielder Chase Nakamura
also added two hits for HPU.
It took Sonoma State an extra inning to break a 1-1 stalemate
in the series finale. The Seawolves put up two runs in the eighth
inning and won 3-1. Right fielder Michael Kealoha drove in the
lone Sea Warrior run with a triple in the second inning.
HPU battled back from a 4-1 deficit in the first game of the
second doubleheader thanks to a four-run sixth inning. Relief
pitcher Juan Guerra earned the 5-4 victory after pitching the
final 3 2/3 innings and allowing three hits. Shortstop Grandon
Costa was an offensive machine for the Sea Warriors, driving
in three runs on three hits.
HPU lost the second game of the double-dip 2-1 despite catcher
Jay Baptista’s second home run of the year. Southpaw starter
Josh Guerra gave up both runs in the fifth inning and didn’t
get enough help from the offense—only four hits—to
win the game.
In the first doubleheader of the series, HPU took the first
game 3-2 and lost the second 2-1. Mario Ramirez earned
victory of the season thanks to a four-hit, complete game performance
in game one. Center fielder Greg Benoit drove in two runs while
designated hitter Jherell Miller doubled in another run.
Cruz Hatanaka suffered his third loss of the season despite
allowing only six hits through seven innings in the second
game. The Sea
Warriors saw their sixth-inning rally end when Daguio was
thrown out at third base by Sonoma State catcher Matt Frick.
Next up for HPU is NCAA I powerhouse Florida State University.
The two teams will meet March 9 at Aloha Stadium for a