Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) – The University of Hawai'i baseball team defeated Wagner College on Friday, 5-2, in game two of their series. The Rainbows even their record at 3-3 while the Seahawks fall to 0-2.
Jarrett Arakawa delivered a solid performance on the mound for the 'Bows but did not factor in the decision. He pitched 5.2 innings allowing one earned run on four hits and, at one point, struck out seven consecutive Wagner hitters. Brent Harrison (1-0) earned the win in 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. Seahawk reliever Connor Smith (0-1) was tagged with the loss in three innings of work, allowing four runs on six hits.
Collin Bennett continued his hot start to the season for UH, batting 2-3 with two runs and two RBI. Pi'ikea Kitamura posted two hits, one run, and one RBI, and Breland Almadova added one hit and one run.
Eddie Brown led the Seahawks at the plate with two hits and one run.
UH led 1-0 heading into the sixth inning before Wagner's bats finally came alive. Brown doubled to left center, and later came home on a base hit by Hayden Hunter (1 H, 1 RBI) to give Wagner a 2-1 lead.
UH woke up in the bottom of the inning with three runs to regain the lead at 5-2. The big play of the inning was Bennett's base hit which was misplayed by Wagner left fielder Chris Smith, allowing Almadova to score and Bennett to advance to third. Bennett later scored on an infield hit by Zack Swasey.
There were 3,051 tickets issued for the contest, and a turnstile count of 1,825.
Hawai'i and Wagner continue their series Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 3:05 p.m.