HONOLULU — The University of Hawai‘i Rainbow baseball team (13-6) defeated the Chicago State Cougars (0-10) in a doubleheader at the Les Murakami Stadium yesterday, 20-3 and 3-2.
In the first game, Joshua Schneider (2-1) pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run with four strikeouts to get the victory. Mike Wieda (0-3) took the loss for the Cougars.
Jonathan Hee had a career game, going 5-for-7 with four RBI and two runs. Kevin Macdonald added a 4-for-5 game with five runs, one RBI and a triple. Elijah Christensen was 3-for-6 with two runs and one RBI while Kris Sanchez had a 2-for-4 game with a home run, a double, two runs and two RBI. Justin Frash went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a double while Ryan Asato was 3-for-3 with two doubles, one RBI and three runs.
The ‘Bows jumped out early, scoring runs in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 edge. Hee and Frash would then drive in runs in the fourth to make it 4-0.
Chicago State scored a run in the top of the fifth to pull back within three at 4-1. But Hawai‘i then exploded with a five-run inning in the bottom of the fifth, highlighted by a two-run single by Hee, making it 9-1.
Hawai‘i added six runs in the sixth, two in the seventh and three in the eighth en route to their 20-3 victory.
In the second game, the ‘Bows got a come-from-behind victory. Tyler Davis (2-0) got the win in relief, giving up just two hits in 2.2 innings. Robert Vargas (0-3) took the loss for CSU.
Macdonald led the way, going 1-for-2 with one RBI. Brandon Haislet added a 1-for-2 game with a run while Frash went 1-for-3 with a run.
Chicago State struck first, scoring two runs in the second inning on a triple by Chris Goya. Hawai‘i responded with a run in the bottom of the second, cutting their deficit to 2-1.
The ‘Bows tied the game in the bottom of the fourth as Macdonald hit a sacrifice fly. The Cougars looked to take back the lead in the top of the fifth after a couple of contraversial plays. But Davis picked off a CSU runner at first to end the threat, keeping the score tied at 2-2.
Hawai‘i capitalized in the bottom half of the inning, as Asato scored on a wild pitch.
The two teams will close out their series today at 1:05 p.m. at the Les Murakami Stadium.