UH baseball upsets No. 6 NC State – Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Hawaii pitcher Dominic DeMiero during the third inning of tonight’s game.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaii pitcher Dominic DeMiero during the third inning of tonight’s game.

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A night after being silenced in Friday’s opener, the University of Hawaii baseball rebounded with a statement-making 8-3 victory over No. 6 North Carolina State tonight at Les Murakami Stadium.

Dominic DeMiero, a junior college transfer, made a shining debut in intermittent Manoa mist, surrendering six hits in seven innings. He struck out five, mixing a fastball, changeup and slider. DeMiero also authored a rare scene, breaking Tommy DeJuneas’ aluminum bat with an inside fastball.

Earlier this month, DeMiero missed a week of training while undergoing a medical procedure in Minnesota. But he returned in good health and built his pitch count in scrimmages. He threw 88 pitches — 55 for strikes — against the Wolfpack.

On Friday night, the Rainbow Warriors were limited to five hits, including one in the final four innings. But they scored a run in the first and third innings, then chased Wolfpack starter Cody Beckman with a three-run fourth. Beckman, who was drafted by the New York Mets in the 25th round last summer, threw 62 pitches in 3-plus innings, not counting the 15 attempted pick-off throws to first base.

The ‘Bows added three two-out runs in the sixth to move out of reach.

The teams meet Sunday at noon.

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