NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
A balanced attack for Hawai'i led the Rainbow Warriors (15-21, 3-9 Big West) to a 9-1 win over the Cal State Northridge Matadors (15-24, 4-8 Big West) on Saturday afternoon at Matador Field. Despite falling on Saturday, the Matadors took two of three from the Rainbow Warriors on the weekend to claim a Big West series for the first time this season.
Hawai'i jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the top of the first. Kaeo Aliviado doubled to right center to drive in a run before scoring on a sacrifice fly. Two more runs in the top of the fourth gave the Rainbow Warriors a 4-0 lead at the time. A sacrifice fly by Matt Miller scored one run while another came across on a balk with runners in scoring position.
The Matadors got a run back in the bottom of the fifth against Hawai'i starter Scott Squier but were unable to score the rest of the way. Nicolas Osuna singled through the left side of the infield to open the inning and advanced to second when William Colantono walked.
Osuna alertly moved up to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a double play ball in the infield, cutting the deficit to 4-1.
Three runs in the top of the seventh gave Hawai'i a 7-1 lead and two in the eighth put the final margin at eight runs. LJ Brewster doubled and scored on a wild pitch, Marc Flores was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Adam Hurley brought home a run on an error with two outs in the seventh.
In the eighth, runs scored for the Rainbow Warriors on a two-run single by Flores through the right side of the infield.
Devin Harrison came into the game as a pinch hitter for CSUN in the bottom of the ninth and reached on an infield single for his first career hit. Colantono went 1-for-1 at the plate with a pair of walks to lead the Matadors.
John Salas (4-3) was given the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, in 6.0 innings of work. Squier (3-3) allowed one run on seven hits in 7.0 innings to pick up the win for Hawai'i.
The Matadors will hit the road for their next five games, starting with a Tuesday night contest at San Diego State. First pitch from Tony Gwynn Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m.