LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii softball fell in a double header 5-3 and 5-4 to Notre Dame de Namur on Thursday at the BYU-Hawaii softball field.
Gianna Gessler led NDNU (4-6, 4-2 PacWest) with a .500 (4-for-8) performance from the plate with a triple and two runs. Megan Kravec and Toni Cardoza each had two RBI for the Argonauts.
After two outs in the first frame, pitcher Meghan Wantz walked Toni Cardoza to put the first runner on base. Cardoza stole second before a fielding error on Megan Kravec's single allowed her to reach home. In the bottom of the inning, the Seasiders recorded three hits, but were unable to convert on the bases loaded opportunity to end the inning down 1-0.
Giana Gesler moved into scoring position in the top of the second after she singled to center field and stole second base. A double down the right-field line by Cheyenne Koki sent Gesler across home plate and gave the Argonauts a 2-0 lead.
A bunt by Tiffany Smith put her on base and Anu Memea's sacrifice bunt advanced her into scoring position. With a single by Sarah Captain and an error in the outfield, Smith scored an to make it 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning.
Three singles by NDNU loaded the bases before Meghan Wantz (2-7) walked Monica Rodriguez to one and Cardoza singled to center field to bring Koki and Taylor Haynes home and extend the Argonauts lead to 5-2.
Rebecca Mawson scored on Smith's single in the bottom of the sixth and a runless seventh frame ended the game 5-3.
After two scoreless innings, NDNU scored in the top of the third. Melissa Ortega singled down the right field line then advanced to second on an illegal pitch and stole third. She was able to cross the plate on a wild pitch to take a 1-0 lead.
Smith doubled to right center and advanced to third on Memea's single. Brittany Vasquez singled up the middle to score Smith. Sarah Captain then singled through the left side to move Memea and Vasquez into scoring position. Liz Talataina then sent a shot back to second which went between the legs of the Argonaut second baseman to bring two runners home and put the Seasiders up 3-1.
Pitisi Tualau (0-2) walked Haley Stahl in the top of the fifth inning and she stole second on a wild pitch. Kravec doubled down the left field line and Stahl scored to close the gap to 3-2.
Errors by the Seasiders resulted in three unearned run by NDNU to give them the 5-3 advantage in the top of the sixth.
Erin Powers walked Memea in the bottom of the seventh before she scored to end the game 5-4.
The Seasiders will play Occidental in a double header on Monday at the BYU-Hawaii softball field. The first game will begin at 1 p.m. HST and live stats will be available online.