Freshman pitcher Cade Smith led the University of Hawaii baseball team to a 6-1 series opening victory over Illinois State Thursday night at Les Murakami Stadium.
The 6-foot-5 right hander started in place of junior ace Jackson Rees, who is nursing a blister on his throwing index finger.
Smith, went 6.1 innings allowing just three hits with one run and four strikeouts.
“I don’t think you could ask for more. I was so impressed. You know, from the day he showed up I’ve been so impressed with his demeanor. This kid ‘aint scared. He’s going to be okay and I think we saw a vision of things to come. We think he’s got a chance to be a lights out friday night guy and shoot, before the season is even over we could see him just continuing to get opportunities to prove himself like he did tonight. That was outstanding” said head coach Mike Trapasso following the game.
The Rainbow bats had Smith’s back as well, recording a season’s best 12 hits against the Red Birds.
Dustin Demeter, Dykan Vchulek, and Maaki Yamazaki all posted two hits in the game, with the short stop Yamazaki driving in two runs, taking his batting average to .340 on the season.
The Rainbow Warriors now improve to 9-6 on the season.
Game two of the four game series continues on Friday night at 6:35pm.