HONOLULU – Senior Connor Little pitched a complete game, Austin Wobrock equaled a career-high three hits and the University of Hawai’i Rainbow baseball team beat UC Davis 5-2 on Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium.
Little (2-6) tossed the first nine-inning complete game of his career in his final appearance at Les Murakami Stadium. In earning the win, he gave up two runs on nine hits and recorded five strikeouts to lead the ‘Bows (13-33, 8-14 Big West) to their third series-opening win in the last four tries.
Harry Stanwyck (4-7) was tagged with the loss, giving up four earned runs in seven complete innings for the Aggies, who fell to 19-32 overall and 5-17 in the Big West Conference. Tino Lipson batted 2-4 for UC Davis, scoring both his team’s runs off Little wild pitches.
Kaeo Aliviado doubled twice and added a run and an RBI, and Pi’ikea Kitamura had a hit, two runs, and one RBI.
The ‘Bows jumped on the Aggies early with a pair of runs in their first at bats. Aliviado doubled to lead off the inning then scored on Kitamura’s base hit that right fielder Austin March mishandled, allowing Kitamura to advance all the way to third. Conner George (1-3, 3 RBI) then scored Kitamura on a sac fly for UH’s second run of the inning.
UH was at it again one inning later as Aliviado doubled for the second time in as many at bats, this time scoring Stephen Ventimilia (1 H, 1 R) from first base to push the lead to 3-0.
The Aggies got on the board in the third inning when Lipson scored from second as Little’s wild pitch went all the way to the back stop.
In the seventh inning, George, who had been struggling at the plate as of late, ripped a Stanwyck pitch through the left side of the infield to score Kitamura and Marc Flores (1 H, 1 R) and give UH a 5-1 lead after seven innings.
UH and UC Davis continue their series on Saturday. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*