Third baseman Ryan Blood slammed a three-run double in the fourth inning to break a 3-3 tie and give Hawaii Pacific a split of its doubleheader last night against Sonoma State (Calif.) at Hans LOrange Park in Waipahu.
Sonoma State (4-2) pounded 13 hits in the opener en route to a 9-8 victory. The Cossacks have won four of its six games against HPU (2-4) since Friday. The series ends tomorrow with another doubleheader at Waipahu.
Corey Hansen sparked the HPU rally in the fourth inning of the nightcap with a two-out single to left field. Tom Peters followed with a single and Bryce Uegawachi walked to load the bases for Blood, who lined a double to right-center to give HPU a 6-3 victory.
Uegawachi was 2-for-2 with three runs scored in the nightcap. Keola McCallum scattered four hits in seven innings for his first win of the season.
In the first game, Sonoma State scored what proved to be the winning run in the sixth inning when HPU pitcher Palani Nunes walked Ryan Johnston with the bases loaded, scoring Ryan Souza and giving the Cossacks a 9-6 lead.
HPU closed to within a run in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run double to right-center field by pinch-hitter Wade Toguchi. HPU left the bases loaded in that inning.
Tyrus Matsumoto went 3-for4 for HPU. Brian Stream was 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the second inning and a two-run single in the fifth inning.
SONOMA STATE 211 221 0-9 13 0
HAWAI'I PACIFIC 122 012 0-8 10 1
Jared Silveira, Brent White (5), Tony Graf (6) and Ryan Johnston. Mike Moon, Kyle Madej (3), Palani Nunes (4), Blane Muraoka (6) and Brandan Critchley, Tyrus Matsumoto (7). W-Silveira 1-0. L-Kyle Madej 0-1. S-Tony Graf 2.
Leading Hitters-Sonoma St.: Brian Stream 2-4, one run, 3 RBIs; Allen Marshall 2-4, 2-run homer; Joe Nouguier 2-4, two runs. HPU: Tyrus Matsumoto 3-4, one run, 1 RBI; Jeremiah Yacap 2-run homer.
SONOMA STATE 200 100 0-3 4 0
HAWAI'I PACIFIC 201 300 x-6 9 1
Steve Redfern, Brad Husted (5) and Scott Griggs. Martin Macias (6). Keola McCallum and Tyrus Matsumoto. W-Keola McCallum 1-0. L-Steve Redfern 0-1. S-None
Leading Hitters-Sonoma St.: Craig Hennes 1-3, RBI; Bobby Ritter 1-4, RBI. HPU: Ryan Blood 3-3, 3 RBIs; Bryce Uegawachi 2-2, 3 runs; Daric Stith 1-3, RBI.
UH-Hilo 4, Arizona 1: Justin Kaneshiro hit a two-run homer and a run-scoring sacrifice fly to boost the University of Hawaii-Hilo over Arizona at Hilos Wong Stadium.
Hilo (1-3) avoided a sweep in its season-opening series. Arizona is 3-1.
Kaneshiro, a senior shortstop from Mililani, homered with two out in the second inning, scoring Chad Agustin, who opened the inning with a walk.
In the sixth inning, Kaneshiro hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Agustin. Agustin reached on a fielders choice, advanced to second on a single by Johnny Dudoit and moved to third on a single by Todd Jinbo.
Hilos Ben Siff (1-0) pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and one run, striking out one and walking none. Brian Unger pitched two innings for the save.
ARIZONA 100 000 000-1-6-0
UH-HILO 020 002 00x-4-9-2
Brian Pemble, Jason Martinez (4), Daryl DeSalvo (6), Rob Elias (6) and Pat Reilly. Ben Siff, Brian Unger (8) and Todd Jinbo. W-Stiff, 1-0. L-Pemble, 0-1. S-Unger, 1.
Leading hitters-Arizona: Matt Abram 2-4; Justyn St. Clair, triple, RBI. Hilo: Ryan Petersen 2-4; Chad Agustin 2 runs; Justin Kaneshiro 2-run homer, 3 RBIs.
Wallace to speak: Riley Wallace, University of Hawaii mens basketball coach, will speak at the Honolulu Quarterback Club tomorrow at Pagoda Restaurant.
Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon.
Also on the agenda are Mark Mugiishi, boys basketball coach at Iolani School, and Mike Coito, boys basketball coach at Mililani High School.
Quarterback Club members also will vote on 10 sports awards that will be given at the clubs annual Banquet of Champions on Feb. 19.
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