Four series into the season, the University of Hawaii baseball team finally has a winner.
Matt Cooper struck out a career-high 10 over 7 2/3 scoreless innings Saturday in Honolulu as the Warriors beat Wichita State 7-0 for their fourth win in five games.
Cooper (2-2) extended his scoreless innings streak to 16 and lowered his ERA to 1.53, scattering eight hits with no walks as Hawaii (5-16) ensured its first series victory of the season.
Piikea Kitamura when 2 for 5 with three RBIs, capping a two-run second inning with a run-scoring double and highlighting a three-run eighth with a two-run single.
Stephen Ventimilia was 2 for 4 with three runs scored. Trevor Podratz led off the second inning with a double to right and scored on Ventimilia’s bloop double.
Wichita State starter Kris Gardner lasted three innings and took the loss. He gave up three runs on five hits, striking out one and walking three.
Tyler Baker, Erik Harbutz and Dayne Parker all went 2 for 4 for the Shockers (12-11).
The teams close out five-game set at 12:35 p.m. today (OC16).
Hawaii def. Pacific 23-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20: Brooke Sedore had 21 kills, four digs and two aces, and Sinisa Zarkovic added 18 kills and six digs Saturday at Stan Sheriff Center as the Warriors swept a two-match set against the Tigers.
Zarkovic hit .371 for Hawaii (7-12 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, 8-14 overall), which had 15 service errors but outhit Pacific (3-13, 6-14) .248-.153.
Taylor Hughes led the Tigers with 13 kills and 12 digs, while Adam Troy had 14 kills, four digs and three aces.
Hawaii 5, Cal Northidge 4
Hawaii 5, Cal Northidge 3
Kaia Parnaby tossed a pair of complete games as the Rainbow Wahine opened Big West play with a sweep on the road.
Parnaby struck out 13 batters in the first game, and Leisha Li`ili`i homered in both ends of the doubleheaders and combined to go 4 for 7 for UH (24-7, 2-0).
Li`ili`i’s two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning of Game 1 helped Parnaby withstand Sydney House’s grand slam in the bottom half of the seventh.
For the 14th time in her career, Kelly Majam led off a game with a home run. Li`ili`i, who finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs, and Brynne Buchanan had run-scoring doubles, and Jazmine Zamora was also 2 for 4.
After House’s two-out blast got the Matadors (14-20, 0-2) within a run in the seventh, Parnaby got Maylynn Mitchell to pop out to end the game.
The senior allowed five hits and five walks.
Li`ili`i’s sixth home run of the season tied the score 1-1 in the second inning of Game 2, and Hawaii erupted for four runs in the third, which was highlighted by Keiki Carlos’s RBI triple and a two-run single by Kaile Nakao. Tara Anguiano capped the rally with an RBI single.
Parnaby (22-3) struck out five and gave up seven its, three runs — one earned — and three walks.