HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Headed into Friday night's series opener, the Rainbow Warrior baseball team hadn't beaten U.C. Irvine in the regular season since 2009.
After Saturday, the 'Bows have now won two in a row.
Hawaii outlasted a late run by the Anteaters to top UCI, 8-5, at Les Murakami Stadium.
Kyle Von Ruden gave up 3 runs on 6 hits over seven innings of work, earning the win for the Warriors to improve his season mark to 4-1. Hawaii remains a game under .500, at 13-14.
Hawaii was up 5-1 as the teams headed into the top of the seventh, where Irvine scored thrice to narrow the margin to a single run.
The 'Bows scored three of their own in the bottom of the inning, though, to maintain Hawaii's lead.
The teams will finish the season series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Les Murakami Stadium.