c Hawaii 8, Loyola Marymount 3: Corey MacDonald gave Hawaii just what it needed.
The senior right-hander delivered a complete game Saturday for the pitching-deprived Warriors, who earned their first victory of the season by beating Loyola Marymount at the UNLV Rebel Classic in Las Vegas.
Kalei Hanawahine was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs for UH (1-10), and Adam Hurley and Marc Flores each collected two hits. Flores scored three runs.
Hawaii went ahead for good with three runs in the top of the fourth inning after the Lions (4-7) took advantage of MacDonald’s throwing error and scored three times in the third. Marc Flores led off the fourth with a double, and Hanawahine’s RBI double tied the score 3-3. After Trevor Podratz scored on a wild pitch, Austin Wobrock drove home Hanawahine with single.
Hawaii had only six pitchers active for the game after Waiakea graduate Quintin Torres-Costa injured his elbow in batting practice on Friday.
However, MacDonald (1-1) was the only pitcher the Warriors needed to tame the Lions. He struck out five and allowed only five hits, three runs — one earned — with two walks.
Aaron Griffen (1-2) started for Loyola Marymount and yielded six runs — three earned — on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked one.
The Warriors will attempt to put together their first winning streak of the season when they play UNLV at 6 p.m. today.
UNLV Rebel Classic
At Las Vegas
c Hawaii vs. UNLV, 4:05 p.m.
c Hawaii vs. UNLV, 4:05 p.m.
c Cal Poly 64, Hawaii 61: Chris Eversley scored 25 points, and Cal Poly withstood a late comeback attempt by Hawaii.
Reese Morgan added 10 points for the Mustangs (15-12, 10-6 Big West), who denied Hawaii two potential game-tying 3-pointers in the final seconds.
Isaac Fotu had 17 points, Vander Joaquim 15 points and 10 rebounds and Hauns Brereton 13 points for the Rainbow Warriors (17-12, 10-7), who trailed by 13 points with just under five minutes remaining.
Two 3-pointers by Jace Tavita and another by Brandon Jawato helped Hawaii get within 64-61. The Warriors had two possessions to tie, but Brereton’s 3-pointer with 12 seconds to play rimmed out, and — after Cal Poly twice missed the first attempt of a one-and-one — Jawato dribbled in search of an open shot but did not get a 3-point attempt off before the buzzer sounded.
c Hawaii at Cal State-Northridge, 5:30 p.m.
c Hawaii 69, Cal State Northridge 60: Junior Kamilah Martin scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures. With the victory, Hawaii guaranteed itself a top-four finish in the conference’s regular season.
The Rainbow Wahine (15-12 overall, 11-5 Big West) also got 13 points from Sydney Haydel, 12 from Shawna-Lei Kuehu and 12 from Ashleigh Karaitiana. Kuehu also had a game-high 10 rebounds. Ashlee Guay led Northridge with 17 points and Janae Sharpe had 15. Senior Violet Alama, a Kalani High graduate, added 14 points for the Matadors before fouling out.
c UC-Riverside at Hawaii, 7 p.m.
c Memphis 5, Hawaii 0: Jordan Richwood and Ellen Roberts combined on a one-hit shutout as the Tigers upset No. 20 Hawaii at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational in Honolulu.
Richwood earned the win, striking out eight and walking four in five innings.
She gave up a leadoff double to Sharla Kleibenstein in the fifth inning.
Morgan Mosby, who went 2-for-4, highlighted a four-run second inning with a three-run homer for the Tigers (7-10).
Keiki Carlos, who gave up five runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings, took the loss for the Rainbow Wahine (11-5). She walked four batters.
Earlier in the day, Hawaii beat Campbell 8-5, rallying for four runs in the bottom of the fifth after trailing 4-2.
Leisha Liilii tied the game with a two-run double to left-center, and Jazmine Zamora later hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the inning. Jessica Iwata had a two-run homer in the third inning.
Kaia Parnaby went the distance to improve to 9-2. She gave up five runs on nine hits, striking out nine and walking two.
Bank of Hawaii Invitational
c No. 2 Memphis vs. No. 3 Hawaii, 11 a.m.
c No. 1 Western Kentucky vs. No. 4 Campbell, 1 p.m.
c Western Kentucky vs. TBD, 3 p.m.
c TBD vs. TBD, 5 p.m.
c Cal State Northridge at Hawaii, 5 p.m.
c USC at Hawaii, 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 10
c USC at Hawaii, 7 p.m.