(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai‘i baseball team (7-4) evened the series with Loyola Marymount (3-9) on Sunday at Les Murakami Stadium, as the Rainbow Warriors scored early to provide run support for a gem by sophomore right-hander Logan Pouelsen in the 4-0 win.
Defending a four-run advantage, Pouelsen went the distance on Sunday for his first career complete game shutout victory, limiting the defending West Coast Conference Co-Champ Lions to just four hits – all singles. Pouelsen surrendered no free passes and struck out five LMU batters en route to a 2-0 record on the year.
Setting the tone, Hawai‘i tacked up a run on the scoreboard in the first, as center fielder Dylan Vchulek not only reached base, but took second on an LMU error. The senior would come around to score the game’s first run on an RBI groundout by right fielder Adam Fogel.
The third frame is where the Rainbow Warriors really made waves, as second baseman Troy Kakugawa lifted a leadoff single into left center, logging the first of three UH runs on Johnny Weeks’ perfectly-placed sacrifice bunt. Fogel added his second RBI of the afternoon with a double to right field and third baseman Ethan Lopez capped off the frame on a solid RBI drive to left center, plating Fogel.
Lopez went 2-for-4 to lead the Rainbow Warriors, Vchulek scored on both passes after walking twice and Fogel registered two RBI on 1-for-4 hitting.
The Sunday victory pushes Hawai‘i to a two-game win streak heading into the biggest challenge of the early season. The Rainbow Warriors take the road next week, heading to Baton Rouge, La. to meet No. 14 LSU at Alex Box Stadium. The 2017 College World Series Runner-Up, the Tigers are 8-4 after sweeping through the weekend on wins over Toledo, Sacred Heart and Southeastern Louisiana with a 19-3 margin of victory.
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