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by Kyle Galdeira and Jeff Harada

HPU was seeking its first victory in 20 years against the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa, but fell 11-10 in 10 innings on what turned out to be a miserable Valentine’s Day at Les Murakami Stadium.

“ We had our chances,” said Sea Warrior Head Coach Garett Yukumoto. “We missed some opportunities, but I tip my hat to UH for staying competitive. For us being such a young team, we have to learn to finish games off and not be complacent with a lead.”

HPU came out swinging, chasing UH starter Justin Costi after just one and a third innings of work. Sea Warrior shortstop Grandon Costa had two hits in his first two at-bats, while catcher Gavin Concepcion and centerfielder Brandon Sato each came through with RBI singles, giving HPU (6-7) an early five-run lead after three innings. Sea Warrior starting pitcher Mario Ramirez was spectacular, allowing only six hits and two runs before being pulled after the fifth inning, with a 6-2 lead.

In the top of the sixth, an RBI single by first baseman Jherell Miller, and a two-run single by right fielder Colton Silva accounted for three of HPU’s four runs in the inning.

Down 10-4 in the eighth inning however, UH (9-2) got four runs on four hits, the big one a two-run triple from Luis Avila, cutting the Sea Warrior lead to 10-8.

An inning later, a walk, single, throwing error, and sacrifice fly led to two unearned runs for the Rainbows, but more importantly knotted the score at 10-10. With momentum on their side, John Hee’s game-winning RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th inning completed the dramatic comeback for the Rainbows.

HPU reliever Michael Kealoha took the loss, evening his record at 1-1.

The Sea Warriors returned to action on Feb. 24, as they hosted a five-game series against Pacific University at Han’s L’Orange Park in Waipahu while this issue was being printed.

HPU pitcher Spencer Omalza got the victory over North Georgia College and State University.

Photo by Rick Bernico



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