Dixie State improves to 20-11 on the season, 14-2 in the Pacific West, with its ninth straight victory and 20th in the last 24 games while Sea Warriors fell to 14-10 (8-8 PacWest).
Saturday's opening game saw a combined 24 hits, most of the late as DSU built a lead and the Sea Warriors clawed back.
Dixie State began the scoring with an RBI fielder's choice from Trey Kamachi (Kapolei, HI), scoring Drew McLaughlin (Scottsdale, AZ). After a Kevin Kline (Las Vegas, NV) single, Tyler Blair (Henderson, NV) doubled to right center plating Kamachi. Kline closed the three-run inning coming in from third on a wild pitch. Hawaii Pacific answered with single runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings to erase the early lead.
DSU rebuilt the lead to three following the seventh-inning stretch and pushed the lead to 7-3 in the eighth. Two hits and two HPU errors aided the Storm offense. Dalton Gust (Riverton, UT) laid down a bunt single and a subsequent errant throw brought home Donald Glover (Las Vegas, NV). McLaughlin followed with an RBI sacrifice fly while a Yuto Kata (Chiba, Japan) sacrifice bunt plated Gust.
Kris Kaplan (Las Vegas, NV) blasted his third home run of the year to extend the Red Storm lead to 7-3.
HPU scored four times in the ninth inning to tie the game, denying Kevin Dorantes (Las Vegas, NV) a win in relief and Evan Parker (Ogden, UT) his 10th season save.
Matt Hill (Cypress, CA) kept HPU off the board in the 10th inning and a little bit of base running luck set the stage for a Kata walkoff. Glover led off the home half with a single and advance to second on a sac bunt from Ty Johnson (Thousand Oaks, CA). Andrew Smith (Las Vegas, NV) swung away at strike three in the dirt with two outs. Glover broke towards third, drawing a throw from the catcher instead of HPU going to first for the putout. The catcher's throw skipped into the dirt to allow Glover to reach the hot corner safely. Four pitches later, Kata singled off the glove of the diving third baseman to plate Glover.
Hill earned the relief win (2-1) with a walk and a strikeout. HPU pitcher Pulama Silva surrendered two runs on three hits over 3.1 inning to pick up his first loss of the year.
Game two of the doubleheader saw Dixie State once again open a lead after the first inning. McLaughlin singled to start and advanced on a Kata sacrifice. A Kamachi single and HPU throwing error plated McLaughlin. Kline's RBi sac fly gave DSU a 2-0 advantage.
The Sea Warriors cut the lead to 2-1 scoring in the top of the third inning, but Dixie State had an answer. McLaughlin flashed some power with his first collegiate home run to lead off the inning. Kata would later score on a balk from third base for a 4-1 cushion.
A pair of RBI singles from Kline in the fifth inning and Gust in the sixth provided enough cushion for the DSU pitching staff.
Starting pitcher Kody Christoffersen (Ogden, UT) struggled with control issues offering three walks in his opening two innings. Unfazed, Christoffersen regain his composure to allow just one run on three hits over five quality innings.
Holding a 6-2 advantage into the seventh, HPU pushed across a run and had their potential tying run at the plate. Despite blowing his first save in Saturday's opener, Parker got the call out of the bullpen. He earned redemption striking out Chad Bolibol on four pitches to earn his 10th save and become the Dixie State single-season leader in that stat category.
Christoffersen got the win to improve to 3-1, while HPU hurler Wyndam Williams scattered four runs over three innings for his first loss (1-1).
Dixie State returns to action to play Hawaii-Hilo next Saturday with a doubleheader set for 4 p.m. from Bruce Hurst Field. The Storm will look for its first 10-game winning streak since DSU won 13 consecutive games from March 16 – April 8, 2010. Live stats will be available through DixieAthletics.com.