LAIE, Hawaii – Kalynn Latu led BYU-Hawaii softball from the plate, but the Seasiders came up short in a 7-6 loss in game one before falling 9-0 in game two to Cal Baptist on Wednesday.
Latu hit .400 (2-for-5) in the first game while finishing the day with a team-high two RBI. Josey Walker was able to finish with a hit in each game to go with an RBI in the first game.
Destyni Valencia (1-6) pitched all seven inning of the first game and allowed only three earned runs, while striking out five. Chelsie Childs (2-2) pitched the first six inning of the second game, striking out two and allowing four earned runs.
Valencia started the first game hot, striking out two batters and allowing no base runners in the top of the first. The Seasiders loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame with singles by Vasquez and Liz Talataina, while Whitley Haimin was hit by a pitch. Unfortunately, BYU-Hawaii was unable to plate a run heading into the second.
Cal Baptist started the scoring in the second inning when Sarah Murphy's stopped dead half way down the first base line to bring in a runner from third with one out. The Lancers added three more runs after a throwing error found its way to right field to give Cal Baptist the 4-0 lead.
The Lancers added a fifth run in the top of the third off a Kailey Willingham single down the right-field line. Vasquez singled to the shortstop to lead off the bottom of the third. Talataina then single through the right side and the runners stole second and third. After Sarah Captain was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Walker brought home one run off a ground ball to second to make it 5-1 in favor of the Lancers.
Cal Baptist was able to put another run on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as Savannah Miller singled to center field, bringing Jordan Mowatt across the plate. In the bottom of the inning, Brandy Karl got the bats going for the Seasiders with a single to third base, followed by a single to left field from Courtney Hiruko. Although Karl was caught stealing third, Hiruko was able to get to scoring position and score off a single from Latu to center field to add another run to cut Cal Baptist's lead back to three.
The Lancers scored again in the fifth inning as Sarah Murphy singled to second base allowing Jaque Lopez to make it 6-2. Haimin walked to start the bottom of the frame, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Sarah Captain to allow Jessica Nicholes, who pinch ran, to reach second. Walker then doubled to center field and advanced to third on the throw, as Nicholes slid into home to make it 6-3 in favor of the Lancers. Walker was able to score on a wild pitch making it a 7-4 game. Karl was able to reach scoring position for the Seasiders after she walked and Hiruko singled to center field, but BYU-Hawaii was unable to capitalize.
Valencia was able to get herself out of a tight situation in the top of the seventh, striking out one batter after Cal Baptist put runners on the corners and Talataina threw out the final batter at first. Pitsi Tualau singled up the middle to lead off the bottom of the seventh for BYU-Hawaii. Unfortunately, Captain, who pinch ran, was thrown out at second as Walker reached first on a fielder's choice. Whitney Gustafson reached first on a throwing error by the Lancer defense and Walker moved into scoring position. Karl then singled to first helping Gustafson reach third and bringing Walker home. With players on first and third, Latu singled to the shortstop as Karl advanced to second and Gustafson was able to close the Cal Baptist lead to one. Vasquez was able to load all the bases for the Seasiders with a single to right field, but BYU-Hawaii was unable to take advantage of the opportunity and closed the game 7-6 in favor of the Lancers.
Childs and the BYU-Hawaii defense showed their skills expertly handling two fly outs and a lined out to quickly close the top of the first inning, allowing no hits in the top of the first. Unfortunately, the Seasiders were in the same boat when they came up to bat leaving the first inning in a 0-0 tie.
Sarah Murphy singled to left field for Cal Baptist, advancing to second on the throw and allowing her teammates to reach third and cross home with two outs. With the bases loaded, Childs was able to get out of the jam as Savannah Miller flied out to center field. Tiffany Smith pinch ran for Haimin, who was able to single once again down the left line. BYU-Hawaii had a chance to score as a single from Walker up the middle allowed Smith to reach second, but they were unable to do any damage as the next batter lined out to left field.
With the bases loaded in the top of the third and two outs, Nicole Hennessey popped the ball up to third to switch frames and keep BYU-Hawaii close. The Seasiders offense continued to struggle, but Childs was able to keep the Lancers at bay, allowing no runs in the fourth or fifth inning striking out two.
Nicole Hennessy was able to hit a line out to third base allowing Castro to score on a throwing error to increase the lead to two.
Cal Baptist blew open the game in the seventh, scoring seven runs including a 3-run home run by the Lancers.
BYU-Hawaii returns to the diamond on Friday for a doubleheader against Azusa Pacific at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. HST at the BYU-Hawaii softball field.