BIG TIME BOUNCE BACK

Do­minic DeMiero,who had a 9.00 ERA in his pre­vi­ous four starts,pitches a gem,toss­ing eight-plus shutout in­nings for the vic­tory

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - SPORTS - By Stephen Tsai st­sai@staradvertiser.com

With a new mo­tion — and re­newed emo­tion — Do­minic DeMiero pitched Hawaii to a se­ries-clinch­ing 5-0 base­ball vic­tory over UC River­side at Les Mu­rakami Sta­dium.

A Sun­day mati­nee crowd of 1,564 saw the Rain­bow War­riors win two of three this wet week­end to im­prove to 20-12 over­all and 6-3 in the Big West. By go­ing 2-1 in each of their three Big West se­ries, the ’Bows are atop the league stand­ings.

“The key is win­ning se­ries, and this was a big one, be­cause of the fact other (Big West) schools are start­ing to get hot and win­ning some games,” UH coach Mike Tra­passo said. “Ev­ery sin­gle se­ries has equal weight and value. So you have to win the se­ries when you have a chance.” HAWAII UC RIVER­SIDE

For Sun­day’s rub­ber game, Tra­passo turned to DeMiero, a ju­nior left-han­der whose only luck was bad the past sev­eral weeks. In his pre­vi­ous four starts, DeMiero had a 9.00 earned-run av­er­age and 2.27 WHIP. His moped also was stolen.

But Tra­passo said DeMiero was ready for a break­through.

“You just know be­cause of spend­ing all the time with him,” Tra­passo said. “And, also, it was one of those deals where if we’re go­ing to have the type of of sea­son that we want, he’s go­ing to be a big part of it, and he hadn’t been the past month.”

DeMiero spaced eight hits in 81⁄3 score­less in­nings. He did not is­sue a walk — with only one three-ball count to the 33 bat­ters he faced —

’BOWS,

and the Cava­liers’ their first loss in the open­ing round in eight years.

It also was the first play­off-open­ing loss for James, who came in 12-0 in Game 1s and didn’t re­al­ize he had been per­fect start­ing the post­sea­son.

“Is it?” James said. “I’ve never lost (an open­ing) game in the first round be­fore in my ca­reer?”

But while he knows the nar­ra­tive be­fore Wed­nes­day’s Game 2 will be on the strug­gles of Cleve­land’s play­off new­com­ers, James isn’t wor­ried.

“I’m down 0-1 in the first round,” he said. “I was down 3-1 in the Fi­nals. So, I’m the last guy to ask about how you’re go­ing to feel the next cou­ple days.”

The Pac­ers are feel­ing con­fi­dent af­ter beat­ing the Cavs for fourth time this sea­son.

In­di­ana took con­trol from the out­set, open­ing a 21-point lead in the first quar­ter and push­ing it to 23 in the third. The Cavs got within seven in the fourth, but Oladipo, once a role player who has blos­somed into an All-Star in his first sea­son with In­di­ana, hit a big 3-pointer and Bo­jan Bog­danovic helped put Cleve­land away with a 3 to make it 88-71.

When the fi­nal horn sounded, the Pac­ers didn’t cel­e­brate or run around the floor like they had ac­com­plished any­thing spe­cial.

They calmly walked off, busi­ness as usual.

“We be­lieve that we can win,” Oladipo said. “We came into this game with a men­tal­ity that we wanted to at­tack on both ends of the floor and play the way we’ve been play­ing all year, and we did a great job of that. It’s only one game, it’s only Game 1.”

The Pac­ers com­pletely out­played the three-time de­fend­ing con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons, whose tur­bu­lent reg­u­lar sea­son has car­ried over into the play­offs.

James scored 24 with 12 as­sists and 10 re­bounds for his 20th ca­reer

He didn’t just throw good, he threw great. I couldn’t be hap­pier. There’s no­body who’s a bet­ter kid.”

Mike Tra­passo

UH coach, on win­ning pitcher Do­minic DeMiero

PAC­ERS,

CINDY ELLEN RUS­SELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

UH’s Do­minic DeMiero de­liv­ered an out­stand­ing out­ing against UC River­side on Sun­day.

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