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UH baseball team blasts UC Irvine in Big West opener

  • 2019 March 29 29 MAR - PHOTO BY STEVEN ERLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER Hawaii first baseman Alex Baeza (10) celebrates at home plate with Scotty Scott (1) and Tyler Best (3) after scoring from a triple by Ethan Lopez (9) in the sixth inning during a game between the UC Irvine Anteaters and the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors played on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Les Murakami Stadium, Manoa, Hawaii.

Hawaii parlayed seven hits and eight walks into 10 RBIs in tonight’s 10-2 rout of UC Irvine in the Big West opener at Les Murakami Stadium.

Aaron Davenport allowed one earned run in 5 1/3 innings to out-duel the Anteaters’ All-America pitcher Andre Pallante. Davenport has allowed one run in 15 1/3 innings since recovering from a strained rotator cuff in his right (pitching) shoulder.

UH third baseman Ethan Lopez had four RBIs, with three coming on his first triple of the season in a six-run sixth.

Pallante entered with a streak of 25 2/3 scoreless innings. He averaged 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. But after he was struck on the right leg by Brennen Hancock’s drive, Pallante allowed two runs in the second and another two in the third.

The teams meet at 6:35 p.m. Saturday in the second game of this three-game series.

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