Rainbow Baseball: Hawaii slugs HPU, 9-3

The Rainbows improve to 8-3 on the season with mid week victory over the Sea Warriors.

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai`i Rainbow baseball team (8-3) defeated the Hawai`i Pacific Sea Warriors (4-9) 9-3 in front of a crowd of 2,255 at the Les Murakami Stadium Wednesday. Nicholas Ponomarenko (2-0) picked up the win for UH while HPU's Matt Paulsen (2-2) got the loss.

Andrew Sansaver led the way for Hawai`i, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Daniel Magana added a 2-for-3 night with a double, two RBI and one run scored while Joshua Green went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run scored.

The 'Bows started the scoring in the second inning when Sansaver, Jaziel Mendoza and Brent Cook drove in a run each to put UH up 3-0.

The Sea Warriors would come back and score a run in the top of the third to cut the lead to 3-1. But the Rainbows then blew it open in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, as Hawai`i would add one, three and two runs in the respective innings to go up 9-2. HPU would score one late run in the top of the ninth, but it wasn't enough as UH would take the game 9-3.

The Rainbows will next host UH-Hilo on Saturday, March 1, at 6:35 p.m. at the Les Murakami Stadium. Christopher George (3-0) is scheduled to start for the Rainbows while Robert Shimabuku (0-4) is penciled in for the Vulcans.


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