Baseball Bows Extend Win Streak to 7

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – On the strength of Jarrett Arakawa's arm and Kaeo Aliviado's bat, the University of Hawai'i baseball team turned back Wichita State, 2-1. Arakawa (1-0) won his first decision of the season and Aliviado belted a sixth-inning homerun which proved to be the game winner.

Zack Swasey and Stephen Ventimilia both recorded a pair of hits to lead the Rainbows. Swasey continued his hot start to season by extending his hitting streak to five games. Arakawa had one of his finest outings as a Rainbow, hurling 7.2 innings allowing one run on eight hits with six strikeouts. Brent Harrison came on and picked up his first save of the season in 2.1 shutout innings.

The 'Bows got on the scoreboard first with one run in the third inning, as Garrett Champion scampered home on a passed ball. UH likely would have plated a few more runs, but Collin Bennett was inexplicably picked off at first with the bases loaded.

UH had an opportunity for more runs in the fifth. The 'Bows had runners at first and second but Aliviado, attempting to move the runners on a sacrifice, popped his bunt foul to the catcher to halt the momentum. The missed opportunities finally caught up with UH in the sixth inning, as Ryan Hege belted a solo homerun over the left field wall to tie the game at 1-1.

The Shocker lead would be short lived as Aliviado redeemed himself with his first collegiate homerun. The freshman lefthander belted a 2-0 pitch from Mormann over the right field wall, propelling the 'Bows back into the lead and virtually snatching the win for UH.

There were 3,383 tickets issued for the game, and a turnstile count of 2,247. The 'Bows and Shockers play game three of their series on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.