Playing their first Big West baseball game away from the islands, the University of Hawaii’s hot bats were cooled off.
Andrew Thurman outdueled Connor Little, striking out eight Friday in 8 2/3 innings as Cal Irvine stopped the Warriors 4-1 in Irvine, Calif.
Little, a senior-right-hander, pitched his first complete game after falling behind early. Connor George had his nine-game hitting streak snapped for the Warriors (7-18, 2-2), who came in hitting .293 in their last two series.
But Hawaii managed just three hits — Kaeo Aliviado’s single in the first and singles by Austin Wobrock and Stephen Ventimilia in the ninth — against Thurman, who didn’t walk a batter and faced only one over the minimum through 8 1/3 innings before the Warriors scratched across an unearned run in the ninth.
The first three batter reached on hits in the bottom of the first as the Anteaters (18-8, 1-3) took a 2-0 lead, and Taylor Sparks led off the bottom of the fourth with his third home of the season.
Connor Spencer was 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI single in the first, and Chris Rabago finished 2 for 4.
Little (1-4) pitched eight innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Aliviado plated Hawaii’s lone run when he reached on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
That chased Thurman (3-3), and Race Parmenter got Marc Flores on a comebacker to the mound to end the game for his fifth save.
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