Three takeaways from Hawaii baseball’s 4-3 victory over Washington State:
> Jeremy Wu-Yelland is tough and athletic. He pitched on Friday, then came back to get the final four outs tonight. Wu-Yelland mixed his pitches — sliders against lefties, change-ups against righties. He also made the play of the game when he fielded Collin Montez‘s drag bunt and out-raced him to first. “He could have cartwheeled to first,” first baseman Alex Baeza said of Wu-Yelland’s athleticism.
> Tyler Best was recruited as a second baseman, but played right field out of necessity last season. He played left this year and, with Scotty Scott out tonight, took over Scott’s spot in right field and at the top of the order. Best had two hits and scored two runs.
> The ‘Bows also were able to navigate through pressure situations. “Just getting those guys in situations, leverage-pressure situations, and then having them succeed, and then getting into another pressure situation and going to the next guy … that was good,” coach Mike Trapasso said. The ‘Bows didn’t even have to use Vince Reilly.
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Quick take: If you’re going to cast a pitcher, Cade Smith fits the look. He’s tall, has three great pitches, is pre-med smart and … but sometimes he’s gets too fine. The result is an outing in which he was in trouble in three of four innings. He exited with the bases loaded in the fourth, and Buddie Pindel held the damages to just one run charged to Smith.
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In the first two innings, Cade Smith‘s fastball is popping — 93 or 94 mph? He struck out a batter who had not struck out in 20 previous at bats to end the first. Then with runners in scoring position with one out, he struck out the next two batters.
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It’s the third game of this four-game series. Of note:
> The ‘Bows will be without outfielder Scotty Scott, who is a being evaluated after being beaned on the right ear flap last night and hitting the wall on Thursday. Tyler Best will bat leadoff and play right field.
> Daylen Calicdan will make his second start in left field.
> It’s Cade Smith for his second start of the season. Smith has pitched eight innings this season, allowing five runs and striking out six.
> Dallas Duarte gets the start at catcher tonight.