February 26, 2012 at 2:18 AM HST - Updated June 26 at 11:05 AM
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – In its first of two doubleheaders this season, the University of Hawai'i baseball team swept Wagner College, 6-2 and 2-0. UH improves to 5-3 while Wagner remains winless at 0-4.
In the opener, David Longville (1-0) was again impressive in his second appearance of the season. In relief of starter Jesse Moore, he pitched a perfect four innings to earn his first collegiate win. Ryan Casey (0-1) was tagged with the loss in 3.1 innings of relief work, allowing four runs on six hits. Jayson Keel led Wagner at the plate with two hits and one RBI.
Max Duval (1 H, 1 R, 2 RBI) had his best outing as a Rainbow, belting a towering shot over the left field wall to break a fourth-inning tie. Zack Swasey batted 2-4 with one run and one RBI, and Breland Almadova and Stephen Ventimilia each posted one hit and two runs scored.
The Rainbows again got off to a slow start, as Wagner scored in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. It was all Rainbows from then on as they scored the final six runs of the game to win going away. Swasey and Pi'ikea Kitamura (1-3, 3 RBI) recorded RBI to tie the game in the third inning, then Duval's homer gave the 'Bows their first lead, one they would not give up.
The nightcap saw an impressive performance by Rainbow freshman pitcher Scott Squier (1-1). He tossed six shutout innings for his first collegiate win, surrendering just two hits while striking out six Wagner batters. Kyle Dowdy picked up a three-inning save.
Seahawk starter Dakota Dvorak (0-1) was tagged with loss, pitching five innings allowing one earned run on three hits. Eddie Brown, Nick Dini, and Tommy Higgins, each collected a hit for Wagner.
Joe Goldenberg got UH on the board early when he legged out a grounder to shortstop and foiled a double play bid. Duval scored from third to give Hawai'i a 1-0 lead after two innings. The 'Bows increased the lead in the fifth inning when Almadova's sacrifice fly to right field scored Ventimilia from third, adding an insurance run for Squier and Dowdy.
There were 3,090 tickets issued for the doubleheader, and a turnstile count 1,862.
The Rainbows will go for the series sweep when the two teams conclude their five-game series on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.