Don’t look now, but the University of Hawaii baseball team has won three in a row.
Kaeo Aliviado, Marc Flores and Conner George each collected three hits Thursday night and keyed a go-ahead rally in the fifth inning to push the Warriors past Wichita State 7-3 at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu.
Aliviado and Flores opened the fifth with doubles to tie the score 3-3, and George’s RBI single to center gave UH (4-15) the lead. Austin Wobrock’s run-scoring hit capped the three-run rally.
Corey MacDonald (2-2) pitched into the seventh to pick up the victory, allowing 11 hits, three runs and two walks with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
George was 3 for 4, including a two-run single in the third inning, and finished with three RBIs for the second consecutive day. The junior right fielder’s three hits were a career-high and Hawaii’s 14 hits were a season high.
Flores was 3 for 4 with another double in the eighth that scored Aliviado, who was 3 for 3.
In the second inning, Kalei Hanawahine doubled and scored on Trevor Podratz’s single to put UH ahead 1-0.
The Shockers plated two runs in the fourth. Casey Gillaspie doubled and came home on Tyler Baker’s hit. Baker (2 for 4) finished with two RBIs, and Garrett Bayliff and Erik Harbutz also had two hits each.
In four innings, losing pitcher Zach Beringer (1-1) was touched up for eight hits and six runs with four walks and a strikeout.
Hawaii can earn its first series victory of the season at 6:35 p.m. today when the five-game set continues.