Seasiders come up short against Eagles

Seasiders come up short against Eagles

IRVINE, Calif. – BYU-Hawaii softball dropped two games, 7-4 and 8-0 (6), Friday to Concordia University Irvine at Eagles Field.

Alexa Barrett and Lizabelle Talataina each went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run in the first game, while Rebecca Mawson was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Seasiders (9-29, 5-23 PacWest).

Charlotte Foster led the way for the Eagles (38-11, 19-7 PacWest) going 4-for-8 at the plate with six RBI and three runs scored.

Game one

The Eagles jumped to an early start in the bottom of the first as Charlotte Foster homered down the left field line with a runner on first to put Concordia up 2-0.

Alexa Barrett singled to left center to lead off in the top of the second and advanced to second when Kalynn Latu singled on a bunt. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Rebecca Mawson singled to right center to bring home Barrett and cut Concordia's lead to 2-1.

Brandy Karl sparked the Seasiders in the fifth inning after she reached first on a fielding error and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Tiffany Smith walked and Lizabelle Talataina singled to right field to score Karl.

Brittany Vasquez executed a sacrifice squeeze to score Smith and reached first when the Eagles failed to get either of the lead runners. Makaela Williamson grounded out to shortstop on the next at bat to bring in Talataina from third and put BYU-Hawaii up 4-2.

Concordia scored once in the bottom of the fifth after Yglesias was hit by a pitch and Foster doubled down the left field line to advance her to third. Amy Eilefson sacrificed to center to bring Yglesias home and make it 4-3.

The Eagles' Heather Nonora made it to third with two outs in the bottom of the sixth after she walked and Ryann Ferguson singled through the left side, but the Seasiders were able to get out of the jam with a groundout to short.

A fielding error put the tying run on the bases for the Eagles in the bottom of the seventh, but the Seasiders were able to hold the runner at first with a groundout to short and a lineout to left field. Kristen Romero stole second to get into scoring position and Nicole Chavez followed with a walk to put runners on first and second. Another fielding error allowed the tying run to cross. Meghan Wantz struck out the final batter to send the game to extra innings.

Several errors and walk put runners on the corners for Concordia in the bottom of the eighth. Charlotte Foster removed any doubt of the outcome with a high drive over the left field wall to give the Eagles the 7-4 win.

Game two

The Seasiders had a strong start to the second game when Talataina singled down the right field line and stole second with one out, but a fly out and ground out left her stranded. Concordia got on the board first after Yglesias scored on a single to right center from Eilfeson to give the Eagles the 1-0 lead.

Concordia continued its momentum in the second leading off the inning with a single and double to put two runners in scoring position. Nonora reached first on fielder's choice and the Seasiders were unable to get Chavez out at home to make it 2-0. A groundout to third crossed one more and a throwing error trying to catch Nonora stealing at third allowed her to come home and give the Eagles a 4-0 lead.

Concordia added two runs off two errors in the third and fourth innings. Charlotte Foster added a solo-shot to right field to make it 7-0.

Anu Memea doubled to left in the top of the fifth to try and help the Seasiders cut into the lead, but the Eagles worked out of the jam to keep BYU-Hawaii off the scoreboard.

Megan Feuerstein singled to left center in the bottom of the sixth to score Eilfeson from second and end the game 8-0.

BYU-Hawaii will wrap up its series with Concordia in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon PDT at Eagles Field. Live stats and video will be available online.

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