The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors baseball team emerged victorious from the three-game series against the California Polytechnic State Mustangs at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, HI. The series opened with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 16th.
In the first game, a tightly contested affair, Cal Poly narrowly edged out Hawaii, 4-3. The Mustangs jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first, courtesy of a two-run homer from Anthony Galaviz. Hawaii responded in the bottom of the second with an RBI single from Kurt Suzuki, cutting the deficit to one. However, Cal Poly was able to extend their lead in the top of the fourth with a solo shot from Michael Sanderson. The Rainbow Warriors mounted a rally in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t complete the comeback, leaving the score at 4-3 in the Mustangs’ favor.
The second game of the doubleheader saw Hawaii rebound to secure a 6-4 victory. The Rainbow Warriors got on the board in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run from Maaki Yamazaki, giving Hawaii a two-run lead. Cal Poly responded with a two-run shot of their own in the top of the second, but Hawaii was able to regain the advantage with a two-run single from Kekai Rios in the bottom of the third. Hawaii added two more runs in the fourth, and the Mustangs were unable to come back, resulting in a 6-4 final score.
The decisive game of the series was a high-scoring affair that Hawaii ultimately won by a score of 11-9. The Rainbow Warriors scored early and often, tallying four runs in the first and three in the second. Hawaii’s offense continued to roll, adding three more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to take an 11-4 lead. Cal Poly put up a fight, scoring five runs in the seventh, but it was too little too late. Hawaii emerged victorious with an 11-9 final score.
The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors secured the series victory with a win in the third game, leaving the final tally at 2-1. The Rainbow Warriors will look to continue their winning ways when they travel to San Luis Obispo to take on the Mustangs in a three-game series beginning on March 30th.
The University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors achieved success in the three-game series against the California Polytechnic State Mustangs at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, HI, emerging victorious with a final tally of 2-1. After a narrow defeat in the first game of the doubleheader, the Rainbow Warriors bounced back to win both the second game and the series-deciding third game. The first game of the doubleheader was an intense battle, with the Mustangs narrowly edging out Hawaii by a score of 4-3. The Rainbow Warriors responded with a 6-4 victory in the second game, and then put forth a dominant performance in the third to secure the series win, 11-9. Hawaii will seek to continue their winning ways when they travel to San Luis Obispo for a three-game series against the Mustangs beginning on March 30th.