LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii softball dropped 11-5 and 3-0 games in a doubleheader with Hawaii Pacific on Saturday at the BYUH Softball Field.
Lizabelle Talataina and Kalynn Latu each led the Seasiders (9-21, 5-15 PacWest) with three hits at the plate. Kiana Wolfe propelled the Sharks (13-17, 9-9 PacWest) offense going 4-for-7 with two runs, two doubles and two RBI.
BYU-Hawaii started the offensive play in the bottom of the first inning when Tiffany Smith drew a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Brittany Vasquez singled to and to center and advanced to second on the throw to third. Sarah Captain doubled off the left-field fence to bring home Smith for the 1-0 lead.
The Seasiders continued to find success in the second as Kalynn Latu popped a ball into the soft spot of the Sharks defense for a single and Rebecca Mawson reached base on a throwing error. Brandy Karl's sacrifice bunt moved both runners to scoring position before they scored on a fielding error in left field to take the 3-0 lead.
Chelsie Lambert (5-4) walked two batters in the top of the third frame before Noelani Boyer homered to left field, to tie the game. Paige Crawford (5-6) retired all three BYU-Hawaii batters in the bottom of the inning to maintain the momentum.
In the top of the fourth, Nicole Viena was walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice. A single by Sienna Santiago down the right-field line brought Viena home to give the Sharks a 4-3 advantage.
Dominique Walker was walked in the top of the fifth inning and advanced on singles by Kayla Sanchez and Britney Stevens. A fielder's choice allowed Walker to score, getting Sanchez out at third. Gabriella Fordiani singled to left field to bring in Stevens and make it 6-3 in favor of the Sharks.
Mari Kajiwara started the sixth with a single up the middle before advancing on an illegal pitch. She made it to third on a double before scoring on a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 7-3.
The Seasiders answered back in the bottom of the sixth with a double by Lizabelle Talataina followed by a walk from Alexa Barrett. A fielding error on Latu's bunt brought home Talataina and another error allowed pinch runner Corallee Alexander to score. The inning ended with BYU-Hawaii trailing 7-5.
Hawaii Pacific added some breathing room to its lead with four runs in the top of the seventh including Walker's two-run home run to center to secure the victory.
Fordiani was walked in the top of the second before Wolfe doubled to center field and Santiago was walked to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed Fordiani to score and another wild pitch brought Wolfe home. Santiago scored on a fly out to give the Sharks a 3-0 edge.
In the bottom of the second Talataina singled to right field then advanced on an illegal pitch. She made it to third on Latu's single up the middle, but the Seasiders were unable to capitalize and did not score for the remainder of the game.
BYU-Hawaii's take the diamond next at Chaminade on April 8 at 4:30 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.