In a comeback that was three years and a rainout in the making, Logan Pouelsen allowed one run in six innings to help the Hawaii baseball team beat Brigham Young 8-3 and earn a split of today’s doubleheader and this four-game series.
BYU won the opener 4-3.
Pouelsen was throwing 95 mph pitches and bound for UCLA when he suffered an elbow injury at the start of his senior season of high school. Last season, he appeared in 37 games as a freshman first baseman and designated hitter for the ’Bows. Last weekend, he allowed four runs in the first inning of a game that was canceled because of heavy rain. The statistics did not count.
Pouelsen struck out four and walked two today. He threw strikes on 60 of 87 pitches.
Second baseman Troy Kakugawa, making his first appearance of the season, hit an inside-the-park home run for the ’Bows.
In the first game, shortstop Daniel Schneemann and left fielder Kyle Dean each drove in two runs to lead BYU over Hawaii.
The ’Bows closed to 4-3 in the ninth when Ethan Lopez was struck by a pitch with the bases loaded. But closer Jake Suddreth, the sixth BYU pitcher, induced Chayce Ka‘aua to ground out to short to end the game.
Neil Uskali (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs in five innings. He exited after throwing 98 pitches, including 31 in the first inning.
Hayden Rogers improved to 2-0. He allowed five hits and two earned runs in five innings.