HONOLULU – The University of Hawai'i baseball team capped a five-game series sweep Sunday with a rousing 19-3 win over Wagner College. UH improves to 6-3 on the season while the Seahawks drop to 0-5.
Kaeo Aliviado did the damage at the plate for the Rainbows. He reached base on all six of his trips to the plate, batting 4-4 with two runs, two RBI and a pair of walks. Breland Almadova put the finishing touches on the Seahawks with an inside-the-park homerun. He laced a pitch which got by Wagner outfielder Nick Alfano, allowing him to race the 120 yards around the bases. Almadova finished the game with three hits, two runs, and four RBI.
Wagner was led by Chris Smith who batted 2-2 with one run scored.
The Rainbows unloaded on Wagner in their first at bats, putting seven runs on the board in the first inning. UH sent 13 hitters to the plate, as Wagner pitching walked four batters and Max Duval delivered a two-RBI base hit as part of the big inning.
UH continued the onslaught, building the lead to 12-3 through seven innings. The 'Bows put the game away completely in the eighth inning when they added another seven runs.
Corey MacDonald (1-0) picked up the win in his first start of the season, allowing one run in five innings of work. Wagner starter Nick Pavia (0-1) lasted just one-third of an inning allowing four runs on three hits.
Garrett Champion recorded one hit and three runs scored, and Zack Swasey added two hits and one run.
There were 2,492 tickets issued for the contest, and a turnstile count of 1,086.
The Rainbows next host a four-game set against Wichita State. First pitch of game one is set for Thursday, Mar. 1, at 6:35 p.m.