The Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans salvaged Game 3 of their series with the University of Hawaii with a 4-3 victory. They were led by Shane Kessel who went 2-4 with 2 RBI. Kekoa Lee pitched 5.1 strong innings while allowing only two runs on five hits. Dustin Gilmore shut down the Warriors offense over the final two innings to pick up his first save of the season. Hawaii-Hilo will head home to host Kansas in the Jayhawks home opener. Hawaii will stay home next weekend when San Francisco visits for a four game set over three days.
The Hawaii Rainbows knocked off the Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans in the second game in the entire nation by a score of 9-2. Jonathan Hee had a solid day in the leadoff role as he went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and a stolen base. Jared Alexander got his first weekend start for the Rainbows and was outstanding. He went eight shutout innings while allowing five hits and two walks to pick up his first win of the season. The Vulcans got to Hawaii reliever Sam Spangler for 2 runs in the top of the ninth but the Rainbows had the game well in hand.
The Hawaii Rainbows knocked off Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans in eleven innings by a 5-4 score. Derek DuPree hit a single through the right side with Kevin Fujii scoring his second run of the game to give the Rainbows the victory in the first game in the entire nation. The Rainbows came up with a single run in the bottom of the ninth after a crucial Vulcan error to allow Landon Hernandez to reach with no outs. The Rainbows pinch ran for Hernandez with Kevin Fujii who moved to second on a bunt from Nathan Young. He was ended up getting driven in by Hoey to tie the game up.
The Uniform Start Date is Febraury 22nd but Hawaii and Hawaii-Hilo will open the season on Febraury 15th to kick off the year. The Vulcans and Rainbows will play a three game set from Friday-Sunday. The Rainbows are coming off a 38-25 season with a conference record of 11-13. They return Matt Daly who threw a no-hitter in the Cape Cod League this past season. Hawaii-Hilo is coming off a 12-35-1 campaign while losing top pitcher Lars Knepper who threw three complete games for the Vulcans.
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Mike Trapasso of Hawaii
Ritch Price of Kansas
Mark Machtolf of Gonzaga
Rich Hill of San Diego
Nino Giarratano of San Francisco
The Cape Cod Baseball League has announced their players of the week for July 29th. Matt Daly (Hawaii) of Hyannis grabbed the Pitcher of the Week award after throwing a no-hitter on Wednesday night against Wareham. Conor Gillaspie (Wichita State) of Falmouth picked up the Player of the Week after hitting .500 last week.
Matt Daly of Hawaii threw a no-hitter on Wednesday in a 4-1 victory for the Hyannis Mets over the Wareham Gatemen. Daly gave up four walks and his team made one error to allow the Gatemen to score a run. He had been struggling throughout the summer accumlating a 0-4 record with a 5.46 ERA entering the game. The victory gave him his first win of the season and lowered his ERA to 4.14.
DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released the Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week awards for the period ending May 8, today. Texas A&M junior infielder/outfielder Blake Stouffer was named National Hitter of the Week, while Hawai’i sophomore right-hander Matt Daly was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I conferences each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season.
Stouffer hit .900 (9-for-10) for the week with eight RBIs in three games. The San Antonio, Texas, native also contributed three doubles, a home run and seven runs scored against Dallas Baptist. He slugged 1.500 and had an on-base percentage of .875, drawing four walks and was hit by a pitch. In Thursday’s series opener and victory (11-10), Stouffer went 5-for-5 with two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored. Friday the Aggies defeated the Patriots, 3-0 and Stouffer went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. In the series sweep on Saturday (14-6), Stouffer went 1-for-1 with a two-run homer and bases-loaded walk.
Daly, a Yorba Linda, Calif., native threw a one-hit complete-game shutout in Hawai’i’s 8-0 victory at Hawai’i-Hilo on Friday. Daly took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, before giving up a single with one out. He walked the leadoff hitter to start the game before retiring the next 25 batters. He also struck out a career-high nine in the game.
With this week’s honor, Daly automatically are named to the watch list for Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization.
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Pro-Line Athletic Co., Hitter of the Week – Feb. 13 – Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt; Feb. 20 – Jericho Jones, Louisiana Tech; Feb. 27 – Mike Bianucci, Auburn; March 6 – David Doss, South Alabama; March 13 – Justin Bour, George Mason; March 20 – Corey Brown, Oklahoma State; March 27 – Matt LaPorta, Florida; April 3 – Tony Thomas, Jr., Florida State; April 10 – Travis Jones, South Carolina; April 17 – Kellen Kulbacki, James Madison; April 24 – Ryan Heath, Oakland; May 1 – Matt Horwath, UCF; May 8 – Blake Stouffer, Texas A&M.
Pro-Line Athletic Co., Pitcher of the Week – Feb. 13 – Spencer Steedley, Charlotte; Feb. 20 – James Simmons, UC Riverside; Feb. 27 – Brian Matusz, San Diego; March 6 – Sean Urena, Cal State Fullerton; March 13 – David Price, Vanderbilt; March 20 – Lance Lynn, Ole Miss; March 27 – Eric Rohr – Saint Louis; April 3 – Trey Barham, VMI; April 10 – Ryan Berry, Rice; Rick Zagone, Missouri; April 17 – Brad Brach, Monmouth; April 24 – Scott Barnes, St. John’s; May 1 – James Adkins, Tennessee; May 8 – Matt Daly, Hawai’i.
The Rainbows of Hawai’i took the rubber game of their three game set against Georgia Southern 2-1 to take the series two games to one. Brian Wilkerson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning for the Eagles but gave up two runs in the inning after giving up back to back singles to Justin Frash and Brandon Haislet to set up Kris Sanchez who hit a two run double to drive them in. Sanchez has been on fire early in the season and he continues it with a 1-2 performance tonight.