RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The University of Hawai‘i baseball team broke out its power bats Tuesday night, using four home runs to propel them past Cal Baptist 9-4 at James W. Totman Stadium.
Dallas J Duarte hit two home runs and Matt Wong ended up a triple short of the cycle for UH (20-13, 9-6 Big West). Jacob Igawa had a team-high three RBIs on a 2-for-5 night at the plate for the ‘Bows, including a two-run home run in the third inning.
Wong opened the scoring with a two-run home run to center in the first inning. Cal Baptist did score a run in the bottom of the first on Mitchel Simon’s solo home run, but UH scored three runs in the third inning on home runs by Duarte and Igawa to take a 5-1 lead.
Duarte hit his second home run of the game to lead off the fourth inning for the first multi-home run game of his career. The UH catcher — who started at designated hitter on Tuesday — also worked out a career-high four walks and was the first UH hitter since Alex Baeza in 2021 to record four or more walks in a single game.
UH also added a run in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Igawa and two runs in the eighth inning on a bases-loaded single by Zach Storbakken to left field.
Cal Baptist (21-20, 10-8 WAC) scored a run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Simon and two runs in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout.
In what was a bullpen game for both teams, UH’s opener Zach Losey (1-0) earned the win after pitching the first 1⅓ innings, allowing only the home run by Simon in the first inning and striking out one batter. UH also used Trevor Ichimura, Tyler Dyball and Dalton Renne out of the bullpen before turning to Connor Harrison, who held Cal Baptist scoreless over the final four innings he pitched to pick up his seventh save of the season.
Cal Baptist used nine pitchers in total against UH hitters, with Ryan Delgado going the longest of the Lancer pitchers used with 2⅓ innings of relief. Nathan Hemmerling (1-3) was charged with the loss after allowing Wong’s two-run home run in the first inning, going only ⅔ innings.
Hawaiʻi plays a three-game series at UC Riverside that begins on Friday at 3:30 p.m. HST.