(HAWAII ATHLETICS) – The University of Hawai'i baseball team (22-18, 8-8 BWC) faced its second straight Big West shutout loss on Friday night in the series opener against Cal Poly (20-24, 7-6 BWC), falling 16-0 at Les Murakami Stadium.
The command wasn't quite there in the first for starter Jackson Rees, and the Mustangs were able to capitalize quickly, turning in a 3-0 lead at the conclusion of the opening stanza. CP added another after using a heavy northern wind to ding a home run off the right field foul pole.
However, it was just the beginning for the Mustangs, who scored in four additional innings against three Hawai'i relievers, while also stifling the 'Bows offense. Cal Poly capped off the night by doubling their score via eight runs in the ninth for the final margin at 16-0.
Maaki Yamazaki led the 'Bows with 2-for-4 hitting, but the UH offense never got on track and were shutout for the second time in as many games – the first consecutive shutouts since 2013.
Rees (4-2) took the loss on 4.0 innings of action, allowing a season-high six runs on six hits and three walks.
The loss bumps Hawai'i to third in the Big West standings with UC Irvine facing non-conference competition. The Rainbow Warriors and Mustangs return to action for the second game of the series on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. at Les Murakami Stadium.