Rainbows take series opener from Wheat shockers

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai'i baseball team delivered one of its best overall performances of the young season, defeating Wichita State in their series opener, 6-3. UH improves to 7-3 while the Shockers fall to 5-4.

The Rainbows were firing on all cylinders both at the plate and on defense. UH equaled a season-high 13 total hits and turned three double plays. Pi'ikea Kitamura batted 3-4 with two runs and two RBI, including an RBI-triple in the seventh inning.  Zack Swasey belted a double and a triple to go along with one run and two RBI.

Johnny Coy and Don Lambert both had two hits and one run scored to lead Wichita State at the plate.

Matt Sisto was his dominant self until the eighth inning when the Shocker hitters put three runs on the board. Sisto, who allowed three runs in 7.2 innings, earned the win to improve to 3-0 on the season. Josh Smith (1-1) received the loss for WSU allowing three earned runs on six hits in 4.2 innings of work.

Swasey got things started in the fourth inning when he belted a triple to right centerfield. He plated the game's first run on a Kitamura RBI single, as UH then capitalized on a pair of wild pitches to push the lead to 2-0.

Swasey was back it one inning later, as UH doubled the advantage on his two-RBI double. Collin Bennett (1 R) and Max Duval (2 H, 2 R), who got on base via a hit batsman and a walk, respectively, both scored on the play. Kitmaura's triple and an RBI base hit by Trevor Podratz (2 H, 1 RBI) in the seventh inning completed the scoring for the Rainbows.

There were 2,441 tickets issued for the contest, and a turnstile count of 1,107.

The 'Bows and Shockers continue their series on Friday. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.