KANEOHE, Hawaii – Makaela Williamson's RBI double in the top of the eighth inning gave BYU-Hawaii softball a 4-3 victory over Hawaii Pacific, but the Seasiders were unable to complete the comeback in the second game losing 7-4 to the Sharks.
Courtney Hiruko led the Seasiders (3-7, 1-1 PacWest) going 3-for-7 from the plate with two RBI and one run on the day. Chelsie Childs picked up her second victory of the season shutting out the Sharks (8-2, 1-1 PacWest) over the final five innings of the first game and allowing only four hits. The win was the first time BYU-Hawaii has defeated Hawaii Pacific since 2005 and the first win over the Sharks outside of Laie, Hawaii, since the turn of the century.
BYU-Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific were locked in an early pitching duel with both teams recording a single hit each over the first two innings of the game.
Makaela Williamson was hit by a pitch to put a runner on first with one out in the third inning. Brandy Karl, who pinch ran from Williamson, then advanced to second on a passed ball. Josey Walker singled to left field to move Karl to third and then stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Hiruko walked to load the bases for Brittany Vasquez with two outs. Vasquez singled to center field to bring one run in and Lizabelle Talataina walked to make it 2-0 in favor of the Seasiders. Sarah Captain then singled to center to allow Hiruko to come home and finish the scoring in the top of inning.
Hawaii Pacific answered with three runs of their own to tie up the game in the bottom of the frame. After loading the bases with two walks and a hit-by-pitch, a single and throwing error brought in the first two runs and two more walks brought in the third for the Sharks. Childs then replaced Vasquez in the circle to get out of the bases loaded jam and end the inning.
Neither team could find their rhythm in the fourth inning, but the Sharks threatened again in the fifth. With runners on first and second and two outs, a hard-hit ball towards second struck the Hawaii Pacific runner to record the final out.
Talataina led off the sixth inning with a single up the middle and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Captain. Alexa Barrett singled deep into the left-side hole and beat out the throw to first to put runners on the corners with two outs, but BYU-Hawaii was unable to bring home a run. Childs buckled down in the bottom of the frame and did not allow a hit for the rest of the game.
In the top of the eighth, T. Anu Memea pinch hit for Tiffany Smith and singled to left field with one out. Whitley Haimin then grounded out to third to advance Memea to second. The Seasiders were able to take the 4-3 lead when Williamson doubled to left center to bring in Memea. Childs then retired all three Shark batters in order to seal the victory.
Hawaii Pacific jumped out early with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. The Sharks added to the lead in the third after loading the bases with two walks and a single and scoring three on a triple to left field. A passed ball and an RBI single scored two more and gave Hawaii Pacific the 7-0 lead heading into the fourth. Destyni Valencia entered for BYU-Hawaii in the bottom of the inning and did not allow the Sharks anymore runs for the rest of the game.
In the top of the fifth, Memea walked and advanced to third on two wild pitches to put a runner in scoring position for the Seasiders. Haimin then singled to left field to bring her in for BYU-Hawaii's first run of the game.
Trailing by six, BYU-Hawaii made a furious comeback attempt in the top of the seventh. Jessica Nicholes reached base after a walk and Memea then singled to third base to put runners on first and second. Haimin singled to left center to score Nicholes bringing the score to 7-2. Camry Erickson drew a two-out walk to load the bases for the Seasiders and Hiruko singled to left to bring in two more runs. Representing the tying run, Talataina's hit was grabbed by the left-fielder to help the Sharks get out of the jam.
BYU-Hawaii will play Chaminade in a doubleheader on Friday at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. HST at Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipahu, Hawaii. Live Stats will be available online.