Mack struck out five in three scoreless innings of relief.
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Sea Warrior Sweep
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Release: 03/16/2012
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HONOLULU, Hawaii --- Hawaii Pacific erased a 6-0 deficit to win the opener and then got a three-hitter from John Albert in the nightcap to get a doubleheader sweep of California Baptist University in a key Pacific West Conference series that began Friday.

It is the first time the Lancers have lost back-to-back games since the season-opening series against Cal State L.A. as they fall to 21-6 overall, 18-4 PacWest.

The Sea Warriors improve to 17-3, 9-1.

The Lancers came out swinging and had five singles and sent nine batters to the plate in scoring six runs in the first inning before the Sea Warriors even had a chance to swing. Matt Marnati had a two-RBI single.

With a 6-0 lead in hand, Devyn Rivera worked through the first two innings, leaving the bases loaded in the second, but ran into trouble in the third. The Sea Warriors had four hits, two walks and scored twice on wild pitches before an out was recorded. After an RBI-single by Jordan Inamasu made it 6-4, Rivera's second wild pitch made it 6-5.

HPU then scored two more times against reliever Andy Abrams on a single and a wild pitch and led 7-6.

Keanu Kapana hit a two-run homer in the fifth to make it 9-6, but the Lancers responded with four runs in the seventh to retake a 10-9 lead. Blair Moore had a clutch two-out, two-RBI single to give the Lancers the lead. All four runs in the inning were unearned.

The Sea Warriors, though, tied it in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Blake Amaral and then took the lead for good with a sacrifice fly by Wade Tamaru in the bottom of the eighth.

Cody Wetherbee (0-1) took the loss in relief, giving up both sacrifice flies.

Cole Bullard, Matt Daugherty and Andrew Montoya each had two hits apiece.

In the nightcap, Albert struck out eight and carried a one-hitter into the seventh inning, keeping the Lancer bats quiet while the HPU offense went to work.

Moore hit a two-out double in the second inning, and the Lancers didn't get another hit until Daugherty and Zach Esquerra traded places with doubles in the seventh inning.

Meanwhile, and RBI triple by Justin Winters gave Hawaii Pacific a 1-0 lead in the second against Jesse Arreola (1-3), and then Amaral connected on a grand slam with nobody out in the third to give Hawaii Pacific a 5-0 lead.

Ethan Mack tossed three scoreless innings of relief, striking out five and allowing just three hits to keep the Lancers in the hunt, but Albert proved to be too strong.

The four-game series concludes Saturday at 2 p.m. (HST). The Lancers have yet to lose a series this year.


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