HONOLULU – The University of Hawaii baseball team put on a dominating pitching performance headlined by Preseason All-American Dylan Thomasto secure a 9-1 win over Longwood on Saturday afternoon at Les Murakami Stadium.
After giving up a first-inning run, Thomas found his groove with a career-high 11 strikeouts in 7.0 innings. The redshirt junior yielded one unearned run on four hits to pick up his second victory of the season. The performance lowers his earned run average to 0.69 for the season.
Out of the bullpen, Scott Bellina pitched a perfect eighth inning with Carter Loewen striking out the side in the ninth without giving up a hit for Hawai?i (5-5).
The Rainbow Warriors posted two first-innings runs on an RBI single from Alex Baeza and a sacrifice fly from Ethan Lopez for a 2-1 lead.
The edge grew to 7-1 thanks to a five-run fifth. Logan Pouelsen knocked in two runs with a single, while Dallas DuarteMaaki Yamazaki and Baeza tacked on RBIs in the frame.
UH put Longwood (3-7) away with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Scotty Scott drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh to score Yamazaki, followed by Lopez driving in Baeza with a double in the eighth.
The 'Bows finished with 10 hits, including two apiece from Scott, Baeza and Yamazaki.
For the visitors, Cullan Wadsworth led the Lancers with two of the team's four hits on the day. Longwood's starter, Tyler Morgan, went 4.2 innings allowing seven runs on six hits to take the loss.
UH and Longwood will battle again on Sunday, March 3 at 1:05 p.m. at Les Murakami Stadium.