AZUSA, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii softball dropped a doubleheader 9-1 and 7-1 against Azusa Pacific on Monday at Cougar Softball Field.
Kalynn Latu led the Seasiders (9-25, 5-19 PacWest) at the plate in the first game with a 2-for-3 performance including a double and a run. Brandy Karl and Makaela Williamson each had RBI for BYU-Hawaii on the day.
Kayla Jimenez led the Cougars (30-10, 17-5 PacWest) with a 2-for-5 performance and four RBI.
The Seasider got off to a strong start when Kaylnn Latu doubled to left field to get on base in the top of the second. After Alexa Barrett singled to second base to put runners on the corners, Brandy Karl singled to left field to score Latu for the first run of the game.
The Cougars got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame. Kayla Jimenez and Christine Pinela hit back-to-back doubles to left center to tie the game. Abry Moreno singled through the right side and advanced to second on a fielding error to score Pinela and take the 2-1 lead.
Lizabelle Talataina singled to lead off the third and moved to third on a pair of sacrifice bunts, but the Cougars were able to get out of the jam and keep the lead.
Azusa Pacific scored two more runs in the bottom of the third off of RBI from Nicki Sprague and Kayla Jimenez to make it 4-1.
Jannelle Eccles doubled to left center to start the Cougars off in the bottom of the fourth and scored when Jessica Melcher doubled to left field on the next pitch. Moreno singled up the middle but a throwing error advanced her to second and allowed Melcher to come home. After Moreno stole third, Illiana Jimenez singled to short to push the lead to 7-1.
The Cougars added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game 9-1.
The Cougars matched the Seasiders' run in the bottom of the first when I. Jimenez singled through the right side and stole second before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt and Madison Hernandez grounded out to shortstop.
Pinela got on base in the bottom of the second after singling through the left side and Eccles homered to score both Cougars, putting them up 3-1.
Sprague scored for Azusa Pacific the next inning when she singled to third base and scored on a double by K. Jimenez
BYU-Hawaii fought to come back in the top of the fourth inning when Williamson walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tiffany Smith and made it to third on a passed ball but was unable to score.
The Cougars scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to secure the 7-1 victory.
The Seasiders will return to the diamond against California Baptist University at 5 and 7 p.m. PDT on Tuesday. Live stats will be available online.