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
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 —
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.”
UH coach, on winning pitcher Dominic DeMiero
UH’s Dominic DeMiero delivered an outstanding outing against UC Riverside on Sunday.