The University of Hawaii baseball took advantage of Long Beach State mistakes to earn a 6-4 victory and complete a doubleheader sweep at Les Murakami Stadium today.
The Rainbow Warriors won the first game, 1-0.
The ’Bows have won 10 in a row — the longest streak in Mike Trapasso’s 20 seasons as head coach — and won the first three of this four-game series to open the Big West season. At 3-0, this is UH’s best start in nine seasons of Big West membership. UH and UCI are atop the Big West standings.
The ’Bows scored three runs on passed balls in taking a 6-4 lead.
The Dirtbags threatened in the ninth when Chase Luttrell hit a leadoff single. But Connor Kokx was caught looking on an inside fastball for a third strike from Li‘i Pontes, and Luttrell was thrown out at second to complete the double play.
Aidan Malm followed with a dribbler to third for an infield hit. But Jonathon Long grounded out to end the game.
The series finale begins at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.
In the opener, Cade Halemanu pitched 8 1/3 scoreless innings and Adam Fogel double home the game’s only run in the Hawaii baseball team’s 1-0 victory.
Halemanu, a sophomore right-hander, was cruising through eight innings. After Halemanu induced Alex Pimentel to fly out to center in the ninth, Kokx singled up the middle. Malm then hit a lower liner to second. Aaron Ujimori kept the ball in front, but had difficulty flipping the ball past umpire Darren Hyman to shortstop Kole Kaler. Kokx was safe at second, and Trapasso summoned relief pitcher Calvin Turchin. Luttrell then grounded into a double play to end the first game.
Halemanu allowed five hits. struck out four and walked one. He coaxed 15 flyouts.
The ”Bows needed only two at bats to produce their run. Scotty Scott drew a leadoff walk in the first, then scored when Fogel drove a pitch over Kokx in center.