'Bows complete sweep of Falcons
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By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer
Hawai'i completed its first homestand of the season with a season-high 20 hits to back the strong pitching of Matt Sisto in knocking off Air Force, 13-1, last night to complete a four-game series sweep.
"You have to win the games you're supposed to win and frankly, I didn't think we played as well as we're capable of the first three (games)," Trapasso said. "But I thought we played well tonight."
Aside from sweeping the series from the Falcons (5-16), the Rainbows (11-9) moved two games over .500 for the first time this season and got to see a number of position players make their first starts and even get their first career hits.
The Rainbows leave this morning for their first road trip of the season. They will play a single game at Long Beach State tomorrow, followed by a three-game series starting Friday at Cal State Fullerton and a single game Monday at San Diego.
"We've got five games against perennially top 10 teams," Trapasso said. "We've got to go out there and play to our capabilities. I love going on the road. I love going into someone else's house, a hostile environment. Sometimes, it brings a team closer together, staying in hotels and traveling."
Last night, the Rainbows gave the 1,216 at Les Murakami a sweet send off to the 20-game homestand.
Sisto (2-3) pitched a season-high seven innings, allowing a first-inning run, three hits and a walk with a season-high eight strikeouts.
"Sisto got on track," Trapasso said. "He really threw well. That was the Sisto we need to see. If he (continues) to throw like that, it's a big lift for us. He was good."
Sisto gave up the first-inning run before settling down, retiring 11 in a row at one point.
"I gave up one and we answer with nine the next two innings," Sisto said. "It allowed me to go out there and work on my stuff."
Connor Little and Trent Allianic each added a scoreless inning of relief. Trapasso said both changed their arm angles to a lower three-quarter.
"They were both better," Trapasso said. "Definitely improved from where they were and had better command. We're going to need those guys."
Hawai'i's offense came out swinging from the start. David Freitas and Pi'ikea Kitamura each drove in three runs. Freitas on a three-run home run and Kitamura on two singles.
Kolten Wong, who was 3 for 4, ignited UH's four-run first with a two-run double. Jeffrey Van Doornum was 4 for 5 with an RBI.
Michael Ruvolo (0-2) lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs (seven earned) and eight hits for the Falcons.
With UH taking a commanding lead, Trapasso was able to substitute most of his starters.
Redshirt freshmen Russell Doi and Chase Koissian, both mid-game subs, each had their first career hits, both doubles.
Derek Brown, a pitcher, replaced Kevin Macdonald at first base and went 0 for 2. Macdonald twisted his ankle in the first game of the series when he collided knees with Garrett Custons.
Macdonald said there is some tenderness, but he will be able to continue to play. He is looking forward to this trip.
"We played well pretty much all weekend," Macdonald said. "Hopefully, we can carry this on the road. We have five games against three good teams."
Zach Gallagher will start for UH against Long Beach State (9-8), Trapasso said.