HONOLULU – Adam Hurley’s pinch hit single broke a tie game in the eighth inning and the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior baseball team topped Nevada 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium.
Hurley’s bases loaded hit drove home Marc Flores from third, but the ball was mishandled by Nevada left fielder Kewby Meyer allowing two more runners to score. It was the first win of the series for the ‘Bows who improve to 8-11. The Wolf Pack fall even at 9-9.
Quintin Torres-Costa (1-0) made his first appearance on the mound this season, entering the game in relief of Jarrett Arakawa to start the eighth inning. Arakawa allowed two runs on seven hits in seven complete innings. Juliene Jones started at third and finished on the mound, recording two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save. Following the game Head Coach Mike Trapasso said for the time being, Jones is his closer.
Colby Blueberg (2-1) was the pitcher of record for the Wolf Pack, He allowed three runs (two unearned) in two-thirds of an inning of relief work. Meyer led Nevada with three hits and a run scored and Jordan Devencenzi had two hits and two RBI.
Stephen Ventimilia had a big day for the ‘Bows with three hits with one run. His double in the seventh kickstarted a two-run inning that gave UH its first lead. Kaeo Aliviado had a hit and three RBI and Kalei Hanawahine added a hit and two runs scored.
Nevada scored first with a run in their first at bats. Meyer singled, stole second, then was driven home on a Devencenzi RBI hit. The Wolf Pack added another run two innings later when Austin Byler scored from third on a sacrifice squeeze by Devencenzi.
UH finally got on the board when Hanawahine ripped a double to right field, then later scored on an Aliviado ground out. Hawai’i still trailed in the seventh inning before Aliviado’s two-run double put the ‘Bows ahead.
The ‘Bows and Wolf Pack play their series finale on Monday night. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m.