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Garcia and Tokunaga Historic, Baseball Sweeps

    By Contributing Writers. March 31, 2014 - 3:49 pm


The Hawai’i Pacific Baseball Team (19-13, 13-11) swept the final two games of the road trip on a historic Sunday against Holy Names (16-18, 6-12). HPU won a 1-0 pitcher’s duel in game one in 13 innings and then hammered the Hawks 7-0 in the second game.

It was a record setting day for Joshua “Rico” Garcia in game one. The sophomore threw 12 shutout innings while yielding just two hits and striking out a school-record 16 batters. He gave up a hit with one-out in the first inning and then did not allow another until two-out in the 10th inning. He retired 28 batters without at hit at one point, more than is normally required for a no-hitter. The St. Louis High School product is now 2-1 with a 2.72 ERA in 59 and two-third innings (third most innings in the PacWest).

While Garcia was dealing, the offense couldn’t get the big hit. HPU stranded 14 runners in the first 12 innings of the game.

Finally, in the top of the 13th, James Carraway and Lanan Rice-Kashima had back-to-back singles with one out. After a walk moved Carraway to third, he scored on a sacrifice fly from Jordan Oshiro.

Jeremy Fujimoto slammed the door in the bottom of the 13th to earn his first save.

As Garcia grabbed much of the spotlight, Tyler Tokunaga also etched his name into HPU lore as he set the single-game record for hits with six.

In game two, the strong Sea Warrior pitching continued when Bryson Gauthe pitched a complete-game shutout. The senior reduced his ERA to a minuscule 1.11, second best in the PacWest.

The Sea Warrior bats awakened in game two in a big way. HPU posted two runs in the first inning thanks in part to one of Derek Nakasato’s three doubles that scored the first run. In the second inning, Ana Kapana hit a home run to left field to make it 3-0. HPU tacked on three more runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two RBI hit from Ryan Torres-Torioka. HPU finished the scoring in the sixth inning with another Nakasato RBI double.

The Sea Warriors return home for a six-game series against UH Hilo. There will be double-headers on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Hans L’Orange Park with Friday’s games counting as PacWest games.

Photo: Eric Alcantara

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