After a rough start of the season,
HPU, junior Paul Nishimura’s grand slam in game four
helped the Sea Warriors win three out of a four-game series
against the Lions of Patten University Feb 26 and 27 at Central
O‘ahu Regional Park in Waipio.
In the first game, Jonathan Overall’s homer to left field
in the top of the third gave the Lions the lead, 6-3. The Sea
Warriors quickly answered back, closing the gap to two with Danny
Lee’s two-run homer to the left line. HPU tied the game
in the bottom of the fifth with a double from Andrew Sramek,
bringing in Tripper Chung and Spencer Omalza, for a 7-7 score.
Then in the eighth, Paul Nishimura pitching relief, allowed the
Lions three more runs. HPU had more hits than Patten (13), but
gave up four errors, allowing the Lions to win 11-7.
In the night cap, Patten again scored first in the top of the
second with a two-run homer by Derek Luque. Both teams were scoreless
after the third inning, until the bottom of the seventh when
Nishimura’s triple allowed Mike Kelly, a pinch runner for
CHung, scored to tie the game. A Mike Kealoha’s single
brought in Geoffrey Say, winning the game for HPU, 3-2.
Starting day two, HPU swept Patten University 12-6, as Nishimura’s
four-run homer gave a huge boost to the Sea Warriors in the bottom
of the third, ending the inning 5-2. Kyle Moloney pitched relief,
giving up two runs in the top of the ninth, but the Lions weren’t
able to make the comeback.
In the second night cap, freshman pitcher David Chow (1-0) helped
the Sea Warriors win by allowing only one run on five hits for
the Lions, ending the game 5-1, HPU. The Sea Warriors improved
to 3-6 as the Lions fall to 5-12 in the season.
The Sea Warriors will face Grand Canyon University in a seven-game
series starting March 6 at Waipio. The first game is scheduled
to start at 4 p.m.