The College of Hawaii baseball staff opened the season with a 3-2 win over Arizona State No. 15

  • STEVEN ERLER / 2020

    Hawaii’s Alex Baeza, shown in a game at Les Murakami Stadium last season, scored all three of UH’s runs in a win over the Sun Devils.

Hawaii senior Alex Baeza scored three runs, the last with a sacrificial flight in the ninth inning, and the Rainbow Warrior baseball team opened the season Friday in Phoenix with a 3-2 win over Arizona State No. 15.

The US state of Arizona prevailed 2-0 after two innings against UH right-handed Aaron Davenport, but Baeza ignited the Rainbow rally with a home run to derive the fifth inning. He scored the tie run on a wild field in seventh and crossed the plate with the starting run on the newcomer Aaron Ujimori’s sacrificial fly up in ninth place.

After giving up four hits in the first two innings, Davenport knocked out the Sun Devils (2-2) with three hits in the next five and ended the game with seven strokes to one step.

Freshman Austin Teixeira took eighth place on his UH debut, finishing second and third. He suppressed a two-on-two threat in game nine to claim victory in UH’s first win over the Sun Devils since 1993. Teixeira gave up two hits, went two, and knocked out one of two innings with goalless relief.

The series ends on Saturday with a double header. The first game is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the final at 3:30 p.m.

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