Connor Little pitched eight solid innings Wednesday and Conner George hit a bases-clearing triple as the University of Hawaii bested Wichita State 6-1 in the opener of their five-game baseball series at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu.
The Warriors (3-15) scored four runs in the fourth inning to pull away from a 1-1 tie and earn their first two-game winning streak of the season. With one out in the fourth, Marc Flores walked, Andre Real singled then Kaeo Aliviado walked to load the bases against Tobin Mateychick. George greeted reliever Albert Minnis with a triple to right to put Hawaii ahead 4-1. George crossed the plate on Trevor Podratz’s groundout.
Podratz doubled in the seventh and scored on Pi’ikea Kitamura’s hit.
That proved more than enough run support for Little (1-3), who yielded a run in the first inning before finding his groove. He scattered seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
Stephen Ventimilia singled and stole second and scored on a double play groundout in the bottom of the first for Hawaii, and Real was 2 for 3.
Tyler Baker went 3 for 4 with a double for the Shockers (11-9), including an RBI single in the first to bring in Casey Gillaspie, who had doubled.
In 3 1/3 innings, Mateychick yielded three hits, four runs and four walks with a strikeout.