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by Tiffany Garrett, staff writer

HPU (7-8) won four of a seven-game series, March 6-10 against the Antelopes of Grand Canyon University (11-10) at Central O‘ahu Regional Park in Waipio.

On March 6, Grand Canyon was up 4-0, in the bottom of the fourth when HPU closed the gap to two. The Sea Warriors picked up a third run in the fifth, and in the bottom of the seventh, Mike Kealoha’s single tied the game, and another single by Danny Lee gave HPU the win, 5-4.

In the night cap the Sea Warriors scored two runs on an error by Cody Johns in the bottom of the third. The Antelopes came back for one run in the fourth. In the top of the sixth, Grand Canyon took the lead after a two-RBI single by Johns. HPU answered back in the bottom of the seventh when Colton Silva’s single tied the game, 3-3. In the top of the tenth, the Antelopes scored on a wild pitch. Then with the bases loaded and one out, Lee was hit by a pitch and brought in a RBI. Johnny Gentry’s single brought in the winning run, HPU 5-4.

On March 8, in the bottom of the sixth, score 7-2 HPU, Spencer Omalza’s two-RBI single gave HPU a bigger lead winning, 9-2.

That night, senior pitcher, Jason Shimizu (2-1) helped the Sea Warriors win, allowing only two runs on five hits as HPU took the fourth game in a row, 4-2.

On day three with HPU 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning, Johns two-RBI homer gave the lead to the Antelopes. In the top of the sixth, HPU reliever Aaron Kent gave up three more runs to Grand Canyon. The inning ended 5-2 after a homer by Silva.

In the top of the seventh, bases loaded as Giancarlo Silvestri’s two-RBI double, followed by a two-RBI single by Tate Ford gave Grand Canyon the lead, 9-2. Johns grand slam added to the Antelopes as HPU lost, 14-2.

Weather halted the night game at three innings, at Antelopes 3-1. The game continued on day four but HPU couldn’t make a comeback, losing 5-2.

The last game of the series, HPU got three runs in the first inning, but after that, Grand Canyon kept on hitting the ball (17 hits) as the Sea Warrior hitters had just as rough a time as their pitchers, as HPU lost 19-7.


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