Last season HPU jumped to a 6-0 start sweeping CSU-Dominguez
Hills. This year they’re doing it again with a 4-0
sweep of Biola University. In two doubleheaders on Feb. 2
and 3, HPU defeated Biola 13-1, 7-4, 7-6 and 6-4.
In game one, Biola walked 14 players and HPU swept to an easy
13-1 victory. Junior Chad Wagner pitched five innings and gave
up no runs. Lester Akeo, a sophomore, one of many who had an
outstanding series, ended it with a double, bringing Cheyenne
Hirota home from first base. Akeo also delivered two RBIs and
It was a great way to start off the season,” Akeo said. “Biola
is ranked No. 4 in their division, so I was really proud of our
team,” he added.
In the second game, southpaw pitcher Caelan O’Meara played
five innings and gave up three runs with eight strikeouts. HPU
finished the second game of the first doubleheader, 7-4, over
In the third game, HPU trailed on three different occasions and
was scoreless for several innings, but tied the game 6-6 by the
seventh inning. Hirota delivered a game-winning run in the eighth,
bringing the Sea Warriors to 7-6.
This is one of three games where we had to come from behind to
win,” Akeo said. Pitcher David Chow earned the win.
In the final game, Biola led 3-0, but HPU went on to score a
run in each of the final four innings. HPU pulled off a final
score of 6-4 after senior Jacob Valentine batted 4-4 with two
It was a good opener,” Head Coach Garett Yukumoto said,
adding that it also gave the team a good sense of the areas they
need to improve.
Even though HPU has added 16 new players to the roster, the team
as a whole feels optimistic this season.
It’s now in the beginning stages,” said Yukumoto. “But
the team bonding is a lot closer this year. We just need to find
the right chemistry to be a strong team.”
Several other players aided in the team’s victories. Pitchers
Micah Takahashi, Kevin Matsumoto, and David Chow stayed calm
under pressure, while sophomore Toby Inouye showed great skills
Although it is just the start of the season, Yukumoto said he
believes confidence, determination, and hard work will drive
the team to its goals in making it to the regional playoffs.
The Sea Warriors continued their season in a four-game series
against Academy of Art University on Feb. 20 at Hans L‘Orange
Park. Over a three-day period HPU walked away with four more
wins. On Feb. 20, the team had a great start to the series beating
AAU, 11-2. In the first game of the doubleheader the following
day, the Sea Warriors edged past the Urban Knights, 5-2, and
shut out AAU in the nightcap, 18-0. In the final game HPU ended
the series with an 8-3 win, bringing their record to 8-0. The
Sea Warriors continue the season with a six-game series Feb.
27 against UH-Hilo.