Freshman catcher Dallas Duarte delived the go-ahead RBI and first-year pitcher Li’i Pontes capped the game with three perfect innings and seven strikeouts to lead Hawaii to a 5-4 comeback win over Longwood.
Senior shortstop Maaki Yamazaki started the scoring for the Rainbow Warriors with a single up the middle in the second inning. That drove in Logan Pouelsen and made it 2-1 Longwood. Yamazaki went 3/4 with a run scored. He is now hitting .310 after getting off to a slow start to the season.
UH starting pitcher Jeremy Wu-Yellend went six innings and gave up four runs. The sophomore continues to struggle with control. He gave up four walks on the night.
Freshman Tyler Best slapped a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to plate Pouelsen and Yamazaki. But after Wu-Yellend gave up a two run home run to Jawan McAllister in the fifth, the Lancers led 4-3.
The score didn’t change until the eigth when Jack Kennely tied it with a single. Then Duarte chopped a ball to third and beat out the throw to put Hawaii in front. Duarte is now batting in the two-hole in Mike Trapasso’s lineup and after going 1/5 on Friday is hitting .306.
Both Duarte and Pontes are Kamehameha graduates — Duarte from KS-Hawaii and Pontes from KS-Kapalama.
Pontes (1-1) earned his first career win, striking out seven and not allowing a hit over three innings of relief. The freshman’s ERA is down to .225.
The Warriors and Lancer play again on Saturday at 1:05pm at Les Murakami Stadium.