SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Scott Squier earned his first career save and the University of Hawai’i Rainbow baseball team won its first road game of the season with a 7-6 victory over Cal Poly on Sunday at Baggett Stadium. It was the final game of the 10-day road trip for the ‘Bows who improve to 8-24 overall and 3-6 in the Big West Conference.
Corey MacDonald (4-3) earned his fourth win of the season, allowing six runs on seven hits in seven innings. MacDonald pitched to two batters in the eighth inning before Squier came in and collected a two-inning save.
Pi’ikea Kitamura had a monster day for the ‘Bows with a career-high four hits (4-5) to go along with two runs and two RBI. Andre Real batted 3-5 with two runs and two RBI, all career-highs, including a two-RBI triple in the second inning. Max Duval also had his best outing of the season. He earned his second start of the series at first base and had a season-high two hits (2-4) to go along with his first run of the season.
Starter Bryan Granger (5-3) was lifted after just one and two-thirds innings for Cal Poly (24-9, 6-3 BWC) but not before surrendering four runs on seven hits. David Armendariz led the Mustangs at the plate, batting 2-4 with two runs.
After Real’s triple pushed the lead to 4-0, Conner George (2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI) added another in the third inning when he hit a leadoff double then scored on a Jerry Kleman (1 RBI) ground out.
UH’s five-run lead was all but erased when Cal Poly scored four third-inning runs to cut the lead to 5-4. Denver Chavez (1 H, 1 R, 2 RBI) had a two-RBI single then later scored on a MacDonald wild pitch. MacDonald worked himself through the inning and would settle down, retiring seven straight batters over the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
UH gave itself some breathing room in the fourth inning when RBI singles by Kitamura and George gave the ‘Bows a 7-4 lead. Cal Poly scored one run in the seventh and eighth innings but Hawai’i held on for the win. Squier inherited a runners at the corners situation in the eighth inning but kept the Mustangs to just the one run. He worked a scoreless ninth for the save.
UH now returns home for a pair of Big West series against Cal State Northridge and Cal State Fullerton. The ‘Bows and Matadors begin their three-game series on Friday, Apr. 19 at Les Murakami Stadium.