HONOLULU - Marcus Doi and Austin Wobrock both had a pair of hits, an RBI, and a run scored and the University of Hawai'i baseball team opened its series against Albany with a 5-2 win on Thursday night at Les Murakami Stadium.
The 'Bows trailed by one run before Wobrock kick-started the UH offense in the seventh inning with a double that he extended to three bases off an Albany error. Juliene Jones (1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI) then drove home Wobrock to tie the game as UH put three runs on the board in the inning and paced to the win.
Matt Cooper (1-0) pitched seven complete innings for the win allowing two unearned runs on six hits with five strikeouts. Eric Gleese came in and collected the save in two innings of scoreless relief. Cooper has yet to allow an earned run this season.
Albany starter Kevin Archbold worked six complete but did not factor in the decision. Andrew Jaurique (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering three runs (one earned) in one-third of an inning. DJ Hoagboon led the Great Danes with two hits and one run.
Albany scored one run each in the first and fifth innings with Archbold holding the UH bats in check for much of that stretch. UH finally got on the board in the sixth inning when Marc Flores (1 H, 1 R) tripled to right centerfield and scored on an errant throw by Albany second baseman Brian Bullard.
The 'Bows then tied and took the lead one inning later when Jones and Doi's RBI, coupled with three Albany errors, led to three runs and turned the tide for the 'Bows.
UH and Albany play game two of their four-game set on Friday at 6:35 p.m. Prior to the game, the University will hold a special on-field recognition commemorating the 30th anniversary of Les Murakami Stadium.