LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii softball dropped 12-4 and 14-2 games to Saint Martin's on Thursday afternoon at the BYU-Hawaii Softball Field.
Brandy Karl led the way from the plate finishing 3-for-5 with two runs and two stolen bases. Brittany Vasquez was .500 (4-of-8) from the plate with an RBI and Tiffany Smith added a .333 (2-of-6) performance with two RBI.
Saint Martin's was able to get into scoring position within the first inning as Mary Dettling singled to left center to send Lindsey Miller into scoring position at second with one out. After advancing on a flyout, Jackie Shmaeling reached on an error and brought Miller home. Alyssa French followed with a single for the Saints allowing Dettling to score, but the Seasiders were able to tag out Shmaeling as she tripped rounding third.
Tiffany Smith was able to reach first base at the bottom of the first with a hit by pitch and was allowed to reach second with a sacrificial bunt from Carissa Davis. Vasquez singled to left field, but the Saints got out of the jam with two ground outs to end the inning.
Sabrina Hicks homered over the left-field fence with one out to extend the lead to three for Saint Martin's. The Saints heated up from there finishing with seven more hits and five more runs, taking an 8-0 lead in the top of the frame. Dettling highlighted the run with a triple down the right-field line to score two.
After the Seasiders were unable to score in the bottom of the second, Alyssa Slate began the third with a single back to the shortstop and made her way to third on a wild pitch and groundout to short. Slate scored on a wild pitch to give the Saints a 9-0 lead.
A runless bottom of the third and top of the fourth set up BYU-Hawaii for some offensive momentum. Makaela Williamson was hit by a pitch and Sarah Captain and Brandy Karl followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. Smith then stepped to the plate and singled on a sharp line drive back to first to score Williamson and Captain. Smith then stole second and Karl was able to run home when the catcher's throw found its way into centerfield. Carissa Davis and Brittany Vasquez both reached base on errors to allow Smith to come home and make it 9-4 in favor of the Saints.
Saint Martin's grabbed two runs back in the top of the fifth off four hits to take an 11-4 lead. Neither team scored again until Paige Miller singled home Schmaeling in the top of the seventh.
After Lauren Diuco and Lindsey Miller each singled up the middle, Kim Nelson reached first on a fielder's choice to cross Diuco for the 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
A pitcher's duel ensued over the next two innings, when Tiffany Smith singled down the left field line to put runners on the corners. Brandy Karl and Smith then executed a double steal with Karl coming home to tie the game.
Nothing seemed to go right for BYU-Hawaii the rest of the way. St. Martin's scored seven runs on three Seasider errors in the fourth inning, giving them a commanding 8-1 lead. The Saints continued to add to their lead in the seventh with six runs on two errors to take a 14-1 lead. Only three of the 14 runs were earned.
Sarah Captain walked and T. Anu Memea singled through the left side to put runners on first and second in the bottom of the seventh. Vasquez then singled to left center to bring home the last run of the game for the Seasiders.
BYU-Hawaii will return to the diamond on Monday to host Chaminade in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. HST at the BYU-Hawaii Softball Field. Live stats will be available online.