Hawaii Prep graduates Micah Ashburn and Jayse Bannister delivered on the mound Tuesday for Holy Names, which swept the University of Hawaii at Hilo in a doubleheader in Oakland, Calif., to earn its first two Pacific West Conference baseball victories of the season.
Ashburn tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings to outduel Jordan Kurokawa as the Hawks won the second game 3-0. In the opener, the Hawks jumped all over Jeremy Dela Cruz and pounded 21 hits in a 15-1 rout, making a winner of Bannister.
Kurokawa (2-3) was victimized by a pair of errors, allowing Holy Names to score twice in the third and once in the fifth. He allowed three unearned runs and five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts as the Vulcans (10-15, 7-9 PacWest) fell to 3-6 on their road trip.
“Kurokawa did a heck of a job, but errors cost us,” UHH coach Kallen Miyataki said. “We came up quite a few times with a man in scoring position, we just didn’t get it done.
“Give credit to Ashburn and Bannister. They threw strikes and made us swing the bat.”
Ashburn (4-2), a junior, came within two outs of a complete game. He walked six and allowed only three hits with two strikeouts.
Dela Cruz (3-2) couldn’t get out of the second inning as Holy Names (6-16, 2-13) scored six times.
Zach Verlaan blasted a three-run homer and doubled among his four hits for the Hawks. Bannister (1-1), a sophomore, worked seven innings and allowed a run on four hits and three walks with a strikeout.
The Vulcans finished with only eight hits on the day, three by catcher Sean Nearhoof.
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