Hawaii made short work of Sacramento State in the WAC baseball opener for both teams Friday. Two and a half innings short, to be exact.
The 10-run mercy rule was employed as the Rainbows overwhelmed the Hornets 16-1 at Les Murakami Stadium. The game was called when Sacramento State failed to close within 10 runs of the Rainbows in the top of the seventh inning.
Hawaii, the defending WAC champion, improved to 15-14 overall and Sacramento State fell to 9-21.
Matt Sisto (2-4) pitched all seven innings for Hawaii and allowed two hits as UH won its third straight game and fourth of its last five.
Kolten Wong led the Rainbows’ 14-hit attack with his fifth homer of the season. he tied Joey Meyer for fourth on UH’s career home run list with 23.
It was a season-high in runs for UH and its most lopsided win since winning 21-6 at New Mexico State in 2007.
The Rainbows scored six runs in the first inning and nine in the sixth.
Garrett Champion had three hits including a triple. Breland Almadova, Jeff Van Doornum and Wong produced two each. Almadova drove in three runs and Champion and Wong each scored three times.