HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Rainbow Warrior baseball team avoided a series sweep at the hands of Cal Poly this afternoon, winning 6-2 in front of their home crowd at Les Murakami Stadium.
Hawaii (23-19, 9-9 BWC) overpowered Cal Poly (21-25, 8-7 BWC) offensively, led by Dylan Vchulek's run in the third inning off a Dustin Demeter sac-fly. Maaki Yamasaki pushed the lead to 2-0 in the fourth with an RBI-double to bring home Alex Baeza.
Making his first career start, senior right-hander Brody Hagel-Pitt took down 13 of the first 14 batters he faced on the day before giving up a run in the fifth off a Scott Ogrin RBI-double.
In the eighth, the 'Bows offense went into overdrive thanks to three doubles, bringing home Baeza, Ethan Lopez and Vchulek for the 6-1 lead. Cal Poly pulled one run back in the ninth, but couldn't do enough to manufacture any sort of comeback.
The Warriors will head back on the road for their final non-conference series against Fresno State in a three-game series at Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium next weekend.