Basebows notch back-to-back shutouts in doubleheader
Scott Kuzminsky struck out a career-high 14 batters and the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior baseball team swept the New York Institute of Technology in a doubleheader on Saturday at Les Murakami Stadium. The 'Bows edged NYIT 1-0 in the opener then unloaded on the Bears in the nightcap with an 11-0 rout.
The outing was Kuzminsky's second complete-game of the season and his 14 strikeouts the most by any pitcher in Coach Trapasso's 13 seasons at UH. Coupled with Scott Squier's complete-game blanking in the opener, UH (18-25) recorded its third straight shutout for the first time since 1991.
Austin Wobrock doubled and scored in the third inning of game one to give Squier (4-4) all the run support he needed. He had seven strikeouts and allowed just three hits in his seven scoreless innings of work. Jake Axley (0-4) pitched a complete game of his own for NYIT (4-39) but was tagged with the loss.
Kaeo Aliviado led the 'Bows in the opener with a game-high two hits.
Hawai'i hammered NYIT in the nightcap, scoring four runs in the third inning and five in the sixth to win going away. Kuzminsky (4-5) was in complete control, scattering seven hits and throwing 81 of his 99 pitches for strikes.
All but one Rainbow Warrior starter logged a hit led by Aliviado who had three hits, two runs, and an RBI. Stephen Ventimilia (2 H, 2 R) doubled to start the third inning then Marc Flores (2 H, 2 R, 2 RBI), following a pair of walks issued by Axley, delivered a two-run double to put the 'Bows ahead by three runs.
The sixth inning saw the first six UH batters hit safely which led to five runs and a commanding 11-0 lead.
Matt Miller doubled and scored a pair of runs and Trevor Podratz added two hits, two runs, and two RBI. Laurent Polenghi led NYIT with three hits.
The 'Bows and Bears play their series finale on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.