KANEOHE, Hawaii – Senior outfielder T. Anu Memea had a career day from the plate to lead BYU-Hawaii softball to an 11-3 victory in game one followed by a 6-2 loss to Hawaii Pacific on Saturday afternoon at Howard A. Okita Field.
Memea went .500 (4-of-8) from the plate, including a grand slam and career-high seven RBI in the first game. Junior pitcher Meghan Wantz (1-2) picked up the first victory of her Seasider (1-3) career, allowing only three runs in 6.0 innings pitched in the first game.
Paige Crawford (1-1) led Hawaii Pacific (2-2) to a win in game two with a 2-for-2 performance from the plate with a home run and two RBI, as well as earning the victory from the circle.
Tiffany Smith led off the first game with a double for the Seasiders and Lizabelle Talataina followed with a two-out double to right-center to bring her home for the 1-0 lead. The Sharks responded in the bottom of the frame on a Dominique Walker double followed by Kayla Sanchez's shot over the centerfield fence to take a 2-1 lead.
Wantz allowed only one baserunner over the next two innings for BYU-Hawaii to keep the game close. After Kalynn Latu reached first on an error in the fourth, Makaela Williamson sent a ball into the right-center gap to put runners on second and third. Brandy Karl then reached on a fielder's choice, but the Sharks failed to pick off Latu at third to load the bases. Memea cleared the bases with a double to left and give BYU-Hawaii the lead for good at 4-2. Wantz left another runner stranded in the bottom of the frame with three-consecutive outs after a leadoff walk.
After Hawaii Pacific put out the first two Seasiders in the fifth, Sarah Captain, Roxane Dennis and Williamson all singled to load the bases. Brandy Karl drew a walk to plate one run and Smith singled to right to push the lead to 6-2. Memea then cleared the bases again with a homer to left for the 10-2 lead. Mari Kajiwara singled and made her way around the bases on a ground out and single. Walker brought Kajiwara home on a groundout to short to keep the game going.
Talataina doubled and Alexa Barrett singled down the left-field line to bring her home for the final run of the game. Wantz ended things in the bottom of the sixth inducing a fly out to center and Brittany Vasquez made the unassisted double play on a liner back to first.
After a scoreless first inning, the Sharks loaded the bases on walks and Kajiwara singled to right center to plate two for the 2-0 lead. Hawaii Pacific added two more runs to its lead in the third when Walker drew a walk and Crawford homered to left.
The Seasiders grabbed one run back in the top of the fourth after Sarah Captain walked followed by singles from Dennis and Williamson with two outs to load the bases. Karl then singled up the middle to make it 4-1. Pitisi Tualau held the Sharks without a baserunner in the bottom of the frame to keep the game close.
Brittany Vasquez closed the gap to two with a solo shot over the right-field wall in the top of the fifth. After Sienna Santiago singled to leadoff the bottom of the inning for Hawaii Pacific, she advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third. Santiago was caught off the third base bag and tagged by Williamson to end the scoring threat. A walk put one on for Hawaii Pacific with two outs and Gabriella Sanchez sent a home run over left-center to make it 6-2 in favor of the Sharks after five complete.
Karl walked and Smith singled to center to lead off the seventh inning for BYU-Hawaii, but Crawford retired the next three batters to end the threat.
BYU-Hawaii returns home to face St. Martins in a doubleheader beginning at 11:30 a.m. HST at the BYU-Hawaii Softball Field. Live stats will be available online.