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HPA grads Micah Ashburn, Jayse Bannister help Holy Names sweep Vulcans

Updated: 
March 26, 2014 - 12:05am

Hawaii Preparatory Academy graduates Micah Ashburn and Jayse Bannister delivered on the mound Tuesday for Holy Names, which swept the University of Hawaii at Hilo in a doubleheader in Oakland, Calif., to earn its first two Pacific West Conference baseball victories of the season.

Ashburn tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings to outduel Jordan Kurokawa as the Hawks won the second game 3-0. In the opener, the Hawks jumped all over Jeremy Dela Cruz and pounded 21 hits in a 15-1 rout, making a winner of Bannister.

Kurokawa (2-3) was victimized by a pair of errors, allowing Holy Names to score twice in the third and once in the fifth. He allowed three unearned runs and five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts as the Vulcans (10-15, 7-9 PacWest) fell to 3-6 on their road trip.

Ashburn (4-2), a junior, came within two outs of a complete game. He walked six and allowed only three hits with two strikeouts.

Dela Cruz (3-2) couldn’t get out of the second inning as Holy Names (6-16, 2-13) scored six times.

Zach Verlaan blasted a three-run homer and had a double among his four hits for the Hawks. Bannister (1-1), a sophomore, worked seven innings and allowed a run on four hits and three walks with a strikeout.

The Vulcans finished with only eight hits on the day, three by catcher Sean Nearhoof.

First game

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Second game

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