Rice-Kashima gets career high in HPU Commissioner’s Cup win

Lanan Rice-Kashima closed his freshman year at Hawai‘i Pacific University following a doubleheader last weekend against the Academy of the Art.

Rice-Kashima opened the series by lacing two doubles and a triple, scoring twice and marking a career-high six RBIs, states the HPU website. He opened the HPU lead with a bases-loaded triple to score all three runners in the second inning.

The Sea Warriors used a walk-off sacrifice fly in Game 1 on April 30 to clinch second place in the PacWest Conference with a 12-5 win over Academy of Art for the Commissioner’s Cup for the second straight year.

HPU closes the season with an overall record of 26-21, 20-12 in the PacWest.

A day after his six-RBI performance, Rice-Kashima doubled home two runs in the third inning of Game 1 to help erase a 6-0 deficit in the opener of a May 1 doubleheader against Academy of the Art.

He finished the day with a double, a single, two RBIs and a run scored.

Rice-Kashima closed his freshman year with 25 starts, piled up 27 hits in 87 at-bats for a .310 average, scattered eight doubles, a triple and scored 14 times with 13 runs driven in.

He finishes the year with a .425 slugging percentage and a .981 fielding percentage.

Art Rice, Lanan’s dad, said the Sea Warrior freshman has been invited to play for the Hawai‘i Island Movers during the summer and will spend a month in Japan before playing in a tournament at the Les Murakami Stadium in August against various teams from Japan.

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