SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – (Hawaii Athletics) Kaeo Aliviado and Austin Wobrock each had a pair of hits, but it wasn't enough as the University of Hawai'i Rainbow baseball team dropped its series opener to Cal Poly, 8-3, on Friday night at Baggett Stadium.
Connor Little (1-5) suffered the loss in six complete innings for the Rainbows who fall to 2-5 in the Big West Conference and 7-23 overall. Little, coming off his first complete game, gave his team a good outing but not before surrendering a three-run homer in the first inning. Nick Torres's (1-4, 1 R, 3 RBI) round tripper helped Cal Poly (23-8, 5-2 BWC) to a 4-0 lead after one inning of play.
Joey Wagman (7-2) pitched a complete-game for the win allowing one earned run on eight hits with eight strikeouts. Little allowed four earned runs on seven hits in his six innings while also posting five strikeouts.
UH trailed early but sliced the lead in half as Pi'ikea Kitamura (1 H, 2 RBI) drove home a pair of runs on a two-RBI single in the third inning. Adam Hurley (1 H, 1 R) opened the inning with a base hit before Alan Baldwin (1 R), who started at DH, reached on an error by third baseman Jimmy Allen (2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) to set up Kitamura's RBI-hit.
The Mustangs responded with a pair of runs of their own, but Kalei Hanawahine's pinch-hit RBI triple in the sixth inning again cut into the lead. Aliviado (2-4, 1 R), who had doubled in the inning, scored to cut the Cal Poly lead to 7-3.
Wobrock broke a two-game hitless draught with his 2-4 performance. Denver Chavez led the Mustangs with three hits and two RBI and Tim Wise and Mark Mathias each added two hits and one RBI.
UH and Cal Poly continue their series on Saturday. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. PT (3:00 p.m. HT).