The first game of the series presented itself
as the biggest challenge for HPU as they rallied to win 8-7
in extra innings. The Sea Warriors trailed the underdog Battlers
7-4 in the seventh inning with two outs when HPU rallied. Shortstop
Grandon Costa singled and designated hitter Bryan Daguio walked,
to set the table for first baseman Alika Kuraoka who hit a
three-run homer on the first pitch he saw, to tie the game
at seven apiece. Daguio singled in a run in the ninth to secure
the 8-7 victory. Hatanaka, normally a starter, earned his first
win of the season after allowing only two hits in four innings,
in relief of starter Mario Ramirez, and striking out five.
The red-hot Sea Warriors took their 10-game winning streak
on the road to California for a nine-day trip on which they
eight games. HPU played five games against California State University-Dominguez
Hills, two against California State University-Los Angeles, and
one with Biola University while this issue was being printed.
The Sea Warriors return from the trip to take on local rival
University of Hawai‘i-Manoa in a nine-inning game April
13 at Les Murakami Stadium. HPU concludes its season against
the Vulcans of UH-Hilo with two seven-inning doubleheaders April
16 and 17 at Aloha Stadium.
HPU took its series with Lander University, winning four games
of six Mar. 11-13 at Aloha Stadium. The Sea Warriors split doubleheaders
in the first two days with the seventh-ranked Bearcats from Greenwood,
South Carolina, then stole the final two games in comeback fashion.
When HPU took on nationally ranked NCAA I powerhouse, Florida
State, Mar. 9 at Aloha Stadium, the Sea Warriors stuck with the
third-ranked Seminoles as Ramirez, Ganigan, and Pierce Manglallan
held FSU to no hits through five innings. The Seminoles scored
in the sixth and then pulled away in the seventh thanks to a
three-run home run by pinch hitter Ruairi O’Conner that
put FSU up 5-0.
Brandon Sato led the way for HPU with two hits. Chase Nakamura
went 1-2 and Jherell Miller added an early double. Kuraoka
scored the only run of the game for HPU on an RBI single
by Costa, but
it was not enough as the Seminoles took the nine-inning game