College baseball: Hawai‘i beats Air Force, 13-1, to complete sweep
David Freitas and Pi‘ikea Kitamura each drove in three runs to back the strong pitching of Matt Sisto as Hawai‘i beat Air Force, 13-1, to complete the four-game series sweep tonight before 1,216 at Les Murakami Stadium.
Sisto (2-3) pitched seven innings, allowing a run, three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts for the Rainbows (11-9). Connor Little added a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and Trent Allianic added a scoreless ninth.
Michael Ruvolo (0-2) was tagged for nine runs (seven earned), eight hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings for the Falcons (5-16).
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the first when Blair Roberts singled to second, took second on a sacrifice and scored on Addison Gentry’s ground-rule double to left-center.
Hawai‘i sent eight batters up in a four-run bottom of the first. Matt Roquemore singled up the middle and went to second on Greg Garica’s double to left-center. Both scored on Kolten Wong’s double to right to give UH a 2-1 lead. An out later, Wong scored on Collin Bennett’s triple to right-center. Bennett scored when Kevin Macdonald grounded out to third on a diving stop by KJ Randhawa.
Ten batters came up for UH in a five-run second. The Rainbows added to their lead in the second. With two out, Garcia singled and went to third on Wong’s single to center that allowed the batter to take second on the throw to third. David Freitas blasted a three-run home run to right to make it 7-1. Bennett walked and took second when Randhawa dopped Macdonald’s liner for an error. Rovulo was pulled for Evan Abrecht, who gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Jeffrey Van Doornum and P‘ikea Kitamura to make it 9-1.
The Rainbows scored three in the fourth. Bennett led off with a single to center and went to second on Macdonald’s single to third. Van Doornum’s flare single to right loaded the bases. Kitamura followed with a two-run single to center that moved Van Doornum to third. Kalani Brackenridge grounded to second for a double play that scored Van Doornum to make it 12-1.
Breland Almadova’s sacrifice fly to center in the seventh off Albrecht to make it 13-1.