Cooper deals, BaseBows’ bats break out

Matt Cooper/Hawai'i Athletics
Matt Cooper/Hawai'i Athletics

HONOLULU – Kalei Hanawahine had a career-high four hits with two runs and two RBI, Matt Cooper equaled a career-high of 11 strikeouts and the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior baseball team overwhelmed the New York Institute of Technology 17-0 on Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium.

On a night that UH unveiled its new state-of-the-art video board, the ‘Bows (16-25) scored their most runs since a 19-3 win over Wagner in 2012. Cooper (4-4) allowed the lone Bear hit of the evening in five scoreless innings, and Eric Gleese picked up his second save in four hitless innings of work.

Adam Hurley and Kaeo Aliviado both had three hits and two runs with Hurley adding one RBI. Marc Flores batted 2-4 with two runs and four RBI and belted his team-high fifth homerun of the season, a three-run blast lined over the right field wall to extend UH’s lead to 7-0 in the fourth inning.

Doubles by Hurley and LJ Brewster (2 H, 2 R, 2 RBI) helped push the lead to 10-0 after four innings but the game was put completely out of reach when UH pushed seven runs across the plate in the seventh. The ‘Bows had 12 batters come to the plate with Hanawahine collecting a single and a double in the inning and Austin Wobrock (1 H, 1 R, 2 RBI) delivering a two-RBI base hit.

John Duggan (0-7) was tagged with the loss in three and one-third innings of work. He gave up five earned runs on seven hits before being lifted for the first of four NYIT relievers. Joshua Canabal collected the Bears’ lone hit of the evening.

Hawai’i and NYIT will play doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 3:35 p.m.

*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*

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