Back from a difficult road trip, the Sea Warrior
baseball team split a four-game series against the University of
Hawai‘i-Hilo, April 6-7 at Central O‘ahu Regional Park.
The Sea Warriors edged past the Vulcans 3-1 and 7-6 on April 6,
but the Vulcans dominated the following day 10-3 and 8-1.
The Sea Warriors got the lead in game one of the series when Paul
Nishimura hit a single to right center, advancing Tripper Chung to
score. With the bases loaded, Michael Kealoha’s walk gave HPU
a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning, UH-Hilo scored on a sacrifice fly,
cutting the lead to one. The Sea Warriors responded with an unearned
run in the sixth inning, sealing the 3-1 victory.
In the night cap, Kaimi Mead gave up a two-run homer by A. J. Satele
in the top of the first inning, boosting UH-Hilo to a 2-0 lead. HPU
came back to tie up the game with a two-RBI double by Chung. However,
UH-Hilo answered back with a triple to center field and the bases
loaded, giving the Vulcans a 5-2 lead. David Chu added another run
for the Vulcans by a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
With HPU trailing by four, Dillon Guzman hit a triple in the sixth
inning. Kealoha singled to center field, bringing in Guzman to cut
the lead to 6-4.
The Sea Warriors scored three more runs in the seventh inning, with
Chung scoring the winning run on a wild pitch. HPU pitcher David
Chow got the win and ended the game for the Sea Warriors, 7-6.
On April 7, the Vulcans jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the top of
the first inning and never looked back.
Colton Silva hit a single RBI, and Nishimura scored two single RBIs
but UH-Hilo would prevail with a four-run seventh inning, ending
the game, 10-3.
In the fourth game, HPU pitcher Turhan Folse gave up two single RBI’s
and a grand slam by UH-Hilo in the second inning.
HPU scored on a single RBI by Chung, but UH-Hilo held the lead, winning
HPU will finish the season playing Dixie State in a five-game series
April 27-29 at CORP.