HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Rainbow Warrior baseball team needed a boost on offense and it got from a familiar source: Maaki Yamazaki.
Hawaii (22-15, 8-5 BWC) got things headed in the right direction on Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium, securing a crucial series-opening Big West victory over CSUN (17-24, 5-8 BWC) by a score of 5-3.
Jackson Rees had a solid evening on the mound, striking out six batters in the first three innings. Rees (4-1) earned the win after tossing 7.1 innings with three runs on four hits.
CSUN kept the game close, allowing the 'Bows zero hits until the fifth inning when Logan Pouelsen led off with a first-pitch single.
With the infield pulled in, Maaki Yamazaki made it count and brought in two runners for the lead. Adam Fogel extended the lead with an RBI-single through left field.
Although the Matadors brought in their own run in the sixth on a Riley Conlan RBI, the 'Bows responded in short order before Kekai Rios fired a shot through the right side to bring home two more scores to extend the lead.
The Rainbow Warriors and Matadors return to action on Saturday night at Les Murakami Stadium in the second game of the series. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. HT.