LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii softball kept things close, but fell 4-2 and 7-3 in a doubleheader Tuesday against Western Washington at the BYU-Hawaii Softball Field.
Emily Benson led the Vikings (5-1) with two home runs and four RBI on 3 for 7 hitting. Shearyna Labasan (2-0) allowed one earned run over seven innings to win the first game, while Anna Kasner (2-0) pitched eight innings with 13 strike outs to win the second.
- The Vikings started the scoring in the third inning when Mackenzie Palmer singled up the middle to bring home McKenna Mathis from second.
- The Seasiders immediately responded in the bottom of the frame. Anderson beat out a throw on a sharp grounder to short and Talataina sent a ball over the center field fence to give the Seasiders a 2-1 lead.
- After Alex Boyd doubled to lead off the fourth inning for Western Washington, three singles with two-out brought her home to tie the game.
- Jackie Lucido tripled to start the sixth inning and was nearly stranded until Palmer beat out a throw on a slow grounder back up the middle to score her.
- Anderson responded for BYU-Hawaii with a single and a stolen base, advancing to third on a bad throw to begin the bottom of the inning. Alexa Barrett then hit a ball down the first base line and Anderson slid to the back corner of the plate to beat the throw and tie the game at three.
- The Vikings then exploded in the eighth inning as Makinlee Sellevold singled home one run and Benson homered to center to score three more. Kasner then retired the side in the bottom of the eighth.
The Seasiders will return to the diamond Friday to take on Simon Fraser in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.