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Pepperdine earns series split against Hawaii

Pepperdine junior Aaron Brown had three hits, including an opposite-field home run to left, and allowed three runs in 7 2/3 innings on the mound to lead the Waves to a 7-3 win over Hawaii on Saturday night at Les Murakami Stadium.

Pepperdine (8-3) earned a series split against Hawaii (6-6), which decided to rest scheduled starter Jarrett Arakawa and staff the game.

The Waves did most of their damage off of UH starter Eric Gleese (0-2), who gave up five runs on six hits in three innings.

Hawaii used five different pitchers in the game, including third baseman Juliene Jones, who was forced to replace freshman Bryce Ah Sam, who left the game with an injury.

Jones singled in the fourth and drove in UH’s first run on an RBI groundout in the sixth. Marcus Doi added a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth before Trevor Podratz was robbed of extra bases by Jack Ross, who made a diving catch at the ball of the wall in left-center to end the inning.

Stephen Ventimilia and Kaeo Aliviado both singled and scored for the Rainbow Warriors, who will have five days off after playing 12 games in 16 days.

Hawaii will play a four-game series at Texas starting Friday.

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