Santa Clara put up a four-spot in the third inning with only one hit to earn a series split against Hawaii with a 5-4 victory this afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium.
Jason Seever (3-1) allowed two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win for the Broncos (10-12), who managed only five hits against six different Hawaii pitchers.
Starter Patrick Martin (1-1) took the loss allowing four runs in two innings for Hawaii (11-14), which scored twice in the ninth inning.
Josh Rojas, who had three hits, drilled a two-run single to right to make it a one-run game with one out. Matt LoCoco singled and Rojas advanced to third on Jacob Sheldon-Collins’ fly out to right.
Max Kuhns earned his seventh save when Johnny Weeks hit a line drive to right that Grant Meylan caught sliding on his knees to end it.
Ryan Budnick and Austin Fisher hit back-to-back doubles to score the Broncos’ first run in the second inning.
Martin allowed a walk, hit a batter and made a throwing error on a bunt attempt before he was taken out in the top of the third.
Lawrence Chew walked in Santa Clara’s second run and gave up two sacrifice flies and a single to fall behind 5-0.
Kekai Rios singled and scored in the third inning and drove in Marcus Doi with an RBI double in the seventh for Hawaii’s two runs.
Rios finished with three of Hawaii’s 11 hits.
UH will open Big West play next Friday at home against UC Irvine.