Punahou graduate Nomura, Arkansas advance into NCAA Super Regional Round

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Arkansas second baseman Rick Nomura, left, tags out St. John’s Robbie Knightes (5) on an attempted steal at second base in the seventh inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday, May 31, 2015. Arkansas won 4-3 and moves on to the super regional. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship regionals round continued Sunday with seven Hawai’i high school graduates playing among five different teams looking to advance in their respective regional brackets. When Sunday came to a close, only one team is headed to the Super Regional Round.

Rick Nomura (Arkansas):

Punahou grad Rick Nomura’s Arkansas Razorbacks grabbed a 4-3 victory over St. Johns to sweep the Stillwater Regional with a perfect 3-0 record. Nomura went 0-for-4 at the plate, but showed some stout defense as he contributed three putouts and four defensive assists. The Razorbacks advance to the Super Regionals and will play a best of three series against Missouri State.Tim Arakawa (Oklahoma State):

Also in the Stillwater Regional was Moanalua grad Tim Arakawa’s Oklahoma State Cowboys. Facing an elimination game in the losers bracket against St. Johns, the Cowboys fell short 2-1. Arakawa went 0-for-3 at the plate, but he did draw a walk and contributed three groundout assists. The loss ends Oklahoma State’s season.Mark Karaviotis (Oregon):

The Oregon Ducks’ Mark Karaviotis went 1-for-3 and scored the Ducks’ lone run in an 11-inning 2-1 loss against Iowa. The Maui High grad got it started in the bottom of the third inning with a one-out single to right field. He then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. A single later brought him home across the plate for the first score of the game. The loss eliminates Oregon from the Springfield Regional and ends their season.KJ Harrison & Christian Donahue (Oregon State):

Oregon State’s KJ Harrison and Christian Donahue took on Virginia Commonwealth University in the Dallas Regional. Harrison contributed the Beavers’ only run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning as Oregon State fell 5-1. Punahou grad Harrison finished 1-for-3 at the plate while Iolani grad Donahue finished 0-for-3.

The Beavers then took on Dallas Baptist in an elimination game and the result was much the same as it was against VCU. Harrison and Donahue went a combined 0-for-7 as Oregon State lost 7-1 and was eliminated from the Dallas Regional.Kolten Yamaguchi & Bo Coolen (Pepperdine):

Konawaena grad Kolten Yamaguchi contributed an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning for Pepperdine’s second run of the game. Yamaguchi finished 1-for-4 to help the Waves to a 7-4 win against Arizona State to avoid elimination in the Fullerton Regional.

Pepperdine advanced to take on Cal State Fullerton, where the Waves saw their season come to an end, 10-1. The Big West Conference Champion Titans now advance to the Super Regionals to play a best of three series against Louisville.

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