LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii was unable to hold the lead and momentum falling 9-6 (9) and 7-3 to Dominican in a doubleheader on Saturday.
Sarah Captain went 4-for-8 from the plate with three runs to lead the Seasiders' (7-17, 3-11 PacWest) offense. Dahlen Dennis led the Penguins (10-15, 8-6 PacWest) with two home runs on the day and five RBI.
Karitza Reyes walked to lead off the second inning for Dominican and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. She advanced to third on an illegal pitch then scored for the Penguins when Haley Cheek doubled to left field.
In the bottom of the frame, Sarah Captain singled through the left side and a passed ball allowed her to advance to second. Lizabelle Talataina was hit by and both runners advanced into scoring position on a fly out. Dominican's pitcher walked Anu Memea to load the bases before Rebecca Mawson doubled to left center to let Captain and Talataina cross home plate and give the Seasiders a 2-1 lead.
In the third inning, Captain doubled down the left-field line with two outs and Talataina followed with a double of her own to give BYU-Hawaii the 3-1 advantage.
Memea and Kalynn Latu were walked in the bottom of the fourth inning before Tiffany Smith doubled to right center to score both. Two more Seasiders were walked to load the bases and Talataina singled up the middle to score Smith for the 6-1 lead.
Keely Bowlan was walked in the top of the fifth and made it around the diamond, scoring an unearned run to make it 6-2.
Shannon Rodriguez doubled to center field and advanced to third on a wild pitch to start the sixth inning. Emily Ginn then homered to left center followed by another home run from Dennis to close the gap to 6-5.
Rodriguez began the seventh with a double to right field before Sarah McKenzie was put in to pinch run. McKenzie advanced to third on a ground out and scored when Dennis singled to shallow right. The Penguins tied the game 6-6 and went into extra innings as the Seasiders failed to score a run in the bottom of the frame.
In the top of the ninth, Ginn walked an advanced to second on a throwing error then Marissa Cordisco was put in to pinch run for her. When Dennis singled to left center, Cordisco scored an unearned run on a throwing error. Cheek doubled to left center to get Dennis and Reyes home to end the game.
Dominican's Catlyn Cavender tripled to right field to start the first inning. Cheek reached base on a fielding error that also allowed Cavender to score and give the Penguins an early 1-0 lead.
The Seasiders responded in the fourth when Captain singled through the left side then advanced to second when Talataina drew the walk. A single by Barrett brought Captain home for BYU-Hawaii's first run of the game. Makaela Williamson was hit by the pitch to load the bases and Kalynn Latu successfully placed the squeeze bunt to bring home Talataina for the 2-1 lead.
With the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, Rodriguez singled up the middle to score Cordisco and Lanza. Cheek singled to right field and a throwing error allowed Cavender to come home. Dennis homered to center field to bring Rodriguez, Cheek and herself home to take a 7-2 lead.
BYU-Hawaii loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh in one last ditch effort to tie the game and Williamson drew a walk to score Vasquez, but it the Seasiders were unable to get any closer.
BYU-Hawaii will wrap up its home stand on Tuesday with a doubleheader against Academy of Art beginning at 1 p.m. HST at the BYU-Hawaii softball field. Live stats will be available online.