Wantz pitches Seasiders to split

Wantz pitches Seasiders to split

LAIE, Hawaii –  Meghan Wantz was strong from the circle to lead BYU-Hawaii softball split a doubleheader against Chaminade, winning the first game 3-1 and dropping a 5-3 game in the night cap.

Wantz (2-4) allowed three earned runs over 14 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts, including a career-high seven in the second game. Brittany Vasquez led the Seasiders (2-6) from the plate hitting .333 with three RBI.

Ranielle Matsuoka led Chaminade (2-4) in the second game going 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBI.

Game one

Jenn Betian walked to lead off the game for the Silverswords and moved to third on back-to-back groundouts. The Seasiders lost the ball in the sun on a pop fly behind second base, allowing Betian to cross home on Coco Stewart's single to give Chaminade a 1-0 advantage in the top of the first.

With two outs in the bottom of the second frame, Roxanne Dennis singled through the left side to be the first Seasider on base. She stole second, but Chaminade snagged the fly out to end the inning.

After runless third and fourth innings, BYU-Hawaii gained offensive momentum in the bottom of the fifth. A walk and two singles loaded the bases for Anu Memea. Memea singled up the middle to score Mawson and Barrett. Vasquez followed with a single to center field to score Brandy Karl and give the Seasiders a 3-1 lead.

BYU-Hawaii secured the victory as the team didn't allow any Chaminade hits in the last two innings.

Game two

Rainelle Matsuoka stepped up to the plate first and homered over the center field fence to give the Silverswords an early 1-0 lead.

A throwing error by the Seasiders gave Keani Passi the chance to reach second base. Kiana Ulufale singled to center field and Passi scored an unearned run to extend their lead to 2-0.

Matsuoka started the third frame with her second home run to right center. Two Silverswords were able to move into scoring position, but Wantz struck Ashlyn Yagin out swinging to keep the lead at 3-0.

Tiffany Smith reached first on a single up the middle and caught the defense napping on Memea's sacrifice bunt to advance to third. Vasquez then sacrificed out to left field to score Smith from third. Liz Talataina stepped up to the plate and sent her first homerun of the season over right center to make it 3-2 in the bottom of the third.

In the top of the seventh inning, Shannon Tagle singled to center field and advanced to second on a fielding error while Racquel Misioka reached first. Matsuoka was hit by the pitch to load the bases. A fielder's choice resulted in two unearned runs after a throwing error went over the Makaela Williamson's head at home to widen Chaminade's advantage to 5-2.

Rebecca Mawson sent a pinch-hit single up the middle and Smith singled to on a hard hit back to the shortstop to put runners on first and second. Memea sacrificed again to move both runners into scoring position. Vasquez grounded out, scoring Karl to make it a 5-3 game, but the Seasiders were unable to get the tying run across.

BYU-Hawaii hits the road to play a doubleheader at Hawaii Hilo on Friday with the first game beginning at 1 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.

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