HONOLULU – Scott Kuzminsky struck out a career-high 14 batters and the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior baseball team swept the New York Institute of Technology in a doubleheader on Saturday at Les Murakami Stadium. The ‘Bows edged NYIT 1-0 in the opener then unloaded on the Bears in the nightcap with an 11-0 rout.
The outing was Kuzminsky’s second complete-game of the season and his 14 strikeouts the most by any pitcher in Coach Trapasso’s 13 seasons at UH. Coupled with Scott Squier‘s complete-game blanking in the opener, UH (18-25) recorded its third straight shutout for the first time since 1991.
Austin Wobrock doubled and scored in the third inning of game one to give Squier (4-4) all the run support he needed. He had seven strikeouts and allowed just three hits in his seven scoreless innings of work. Jake Axley (0-4) pitched a complete game of his own for NYIT (4-39) but was tagged with the loss.
Kaeo Aliviado led the ‘Bows in the opener with a game-high two hits.
Hawai’i hammered NYIT in the nightcap, scoring four runs in the third inning and five in the sixth to win going away. Kuzminsky (4-5) was in complete control, scattering seven hits and throwing 81 of his 99 pitches for strikes.
All but one Rainbow Warrior starter logged a hit led by Aliviado who had three hits, two runs, and an RBI. Stephen Ventimilia (2 H, 2 R) doubled to start the third inning then Marc Flores (2 H, 2 R, 2 RBI), following a pair of walks issued by Axley, delivered a two-run double to put the ‘Bows ahead by three runs.
The sixth inning saw the first six UH batters hit safely which led to five runs and a commanding 11-0 lead.
The ‘Bows and Bears play their series finale on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*