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Hawaii infielder Aaron Ujimori brings Aidan Malm from Long Beach State to second base and makes a double game for the final in the ninth inning.
University of Hawaii baseball took advantage of Long Beach state’s mistakes to clinch a 6-4 win and double-headed sweep at Les Murakami Stadium today.
The Rainbow Warriors won their first game 1-0.
The ‘Bows have won 10 in a row – the longest run in Mike Trapasso’s 20 seasons as head coach – and won the first three of that four-game series to open the Big West season. With 3-0 this is UH’s best start in nine seasons of Big West membership. UH and UCI are at the top of the Big West rankings.
The ‘Bows scored three runs on passed balls and took the lead 6-4.
The dirt bags loomed on the ninth when Chase Luttrell hit a leadoff single. But Connor Kokx was caught looking for a third goal from Li’i Pontes on an indoor fastball, and Luttrell was thrown into second place to end the doubles game.
Aidan Malm followed in third place with a dribbler for an infield hit. But Jonathon Long finished the game.
The series finale begins on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
At the start, Cade Halemanu threw 8 1/3 goalless innings and Adam Fogel doubled the game in the 1-0 win for the Hawaii baseball team.
Halemanu, a sophomore right-handed player, drove through eight innings. After Halemanu had Alex Pimentel fly into the center in ninth, Kokx hit in the middle. Malm then hit one lower liner on the second. Aaron Ujimori held the ball in front but struggled to turn the ball past referee Darren Hyman to stop Kole Kaler. Kokx was safe in second place, and Trapasso called for the Calvin Turchin pitcher of relief. Luttrell then made a double game to finish the first game.
Halemanu allowed five hits. turned down four and went one. He persuaded 15 flyouts.
The arches only needed two bats to produce their run. Scotty Scott pulled a leadoff walk in the first and then scored when Fogel pitched over Kokx in the middle.
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