HPU baseball defeats Chico State in NCAA II regional
Blake Amaral hit a leadoff home run in the sixth inning to break a 3-all tie, and Toby Inouye pitched a complete game to lead Hawai'i Pacific to an 11-3 victory over Chico State in the NCAA II West Region baseball tournament today at Compton, Calif.
It was HPU's first NCAA regional win after losing in its debut Thursday.
Amaral hit his homer to left field to give HPU a 4-3 lead. The Sea Warriors added an unearned run when Kale Sumner walked and later scored on a throwing error by the shortstop.
HPU scored six runs on six hits in the eighth, including a two-run double by Amaral.
Inouye (8-2) spaced eight hits while striking out three and walking two.
The Sea Warriors (38-11) play Cal State Dominguez Hills at 9 a.m. Hawai'i time in the double-elimination tournament.