Today is getaway day for the University of Hawaii baseball team, and it can’t come soon enough.
Cal Poly’s Matt Imhof struck out 11 to outduel Matt Cooper and the Warriors their lost seventh straight game Saturday, 3-2 in San Luis Obispo.
Imhof cruised until the eighth, when the Warriors (7-24, 2-6 Big West) scratched across two runs — only their seventh and eighth of an 0-6 road trip. Hawaii will head home after today’s 10 a.m. series finale.
Hawaii wasted a strong start from Cooper (2-4), who settled after allowing two runs in the first and struck out seven in eight strong innings. The junior right-hander walked one and allowed four hits and three runs — two earned.
Nick Torres had two sacrifice flies for the Mustangs (24-8, 6-2), with the second following Jimmy Allen’s triple in the sixth inning and giving Cal Poly a 3-0 lead.
Torres has driven in five runs in the past two games.
The Warriors, taking advantage of a walk, a beaned batter and an error, scored two runs without the benefit of a hit in the eighth inning. Piikea Kitamura had a sacrifice fly in the inning, giving him three RBIs in Hawaii’s past two games. Austin Wobrock was 2 for 2 and scored a run.
In 7 1/3 innings, Imhof didn’t allow an earned run and allowed only five hits and a walk. Reed Reilly walked a batter and struck out two in getting the final five outs for his ninth save.
Hawaii 14, Cal State-Fullerton 2
Hawaii 8, Cal State-Fullerton 4
Kaia Parnaby pitched two complete games, and Kayla Wartner went 4-for-7 with a home run, two doubles and six RBIs as the Rainbow Wahine swept a twinbill from the Titans on Saturday in Fullerton, Calif.
Keiki Carlos also finished 4-for-7 in the doubleheader, collected a homer and a triple while Kelly Majam went 3-for-4 with two doubles and seven runs scored for Hawaii (33-7 overall, 11-0 Big West).
Wartner’s two-run double in the fourth inning of Game 1 gave Hawaii a 5-2 lead. Her two-run homer in the fourth inning of Game 2 broke a 3-3 tie, and Jessica Iwata’s two-run double in the sixth made it 8-3.
Eliza Crawford gave Cal State-Fullerton (16-25, 3-8) a 3-0 lead with a three-run homer off Parnaby in the first inning of Game 2.
Other than that, Parnaby (30-3) was in control. She gave up a two runs — one earned — on four hits in the first game, which ended after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule. She struck out two and walked one.
In Game 2, Parnaby allowed four runs on six hits, striking out one and walking one.
Desiree Ybarra, who pitched two innings in relief of Jasmine Antunez, took the loss in Game 1. She gave up gave up five runs on six hits, striking out none and walking one.
Antunez started Game 2, pitching 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. She gave up eight runs — five earned — on 10 hits, striking out four and walking one.
Hawaii 10, Cal State Northridge 9: Seniors Amarens Genee (five goals) and Monika Eggens (four) powered the Wahine to at least a share of the Big West regular-season title.
On Senior Night in Honolulu, Genee tallied three of her scores in the fourth quarter to fuel a 4-0 run that put Hawaii ahead 10-7. The Warriors (18-9, 6-1 Big West) also secured the top seed at the Big West tournament, which starts April 26 in Irvine, Calif, and they can earn an outright league title if Irvine loses next week.
Genee not only put her team over the top, she also moved into third-place on the school’s all-time scoring list with 175 goals. Eggens, meanwhile (235 goals) stands just four goals shy of becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer.
Danielle Lewis also scored for Hawaii.
Lindsy Nelson netted a hat trick for the Matadors (20-11, 2-4), who led by as many as two goals in the first half but lost to the Wahine for the 11th time in 12 matches.