HONOLULU – BYU-Hawaii softball grabbed a doubleheader split Saturday with a 3-2 win over Hawaii Hilo in the nightcap after the Vulcans took the first game 6-0 at Sand Island Park.
Alanna Anderson led the Seasiders (11-27, 8-18 PacWest) going 3 for 3 with two RBI and two walks. Meghan Wantz (6-13) earned the victory from the circle in the second game allowing only two runs in six innings pitched.
The Vulcans (24-20, 15-13 PacWest) were led by Bailey Gaspar's 2 for 4 performance at the plate to go with two RBI, two walks and a run. Cyanne Fernandez (7-3) earned the victory in the first game after pitching a complete game shutout.
- Brinell Keleikini opened the scoring in the second inning with a two-run home run over the left-field fence to give the Vulcans the lead.
- Roxane Dennis singled and stole second in the top of the third, but was caught at third base trying to advance on a wild pitch to end the scoring threat.
- Gaspar doubled in one run and then scored on a throwing error to double Hawaii Hilo's advantage in the top of the fifth.
- Kacie Freudenberger walked with the bases loaded to make it 5-0 heading to the bottom of the frame.
- Kristen Ishii walked and stole second before advancing to third on Mari Kawano's bunt single. A wild pitch then brought her in for the final run of the game.
- Alanna Anderson walked and Corallee Alexander singled to put her in scoring position in the top of the sixth, but the Vulcan's defense held strong to preserve the shutout.
- BYU-Hawaii threatened early in the second game loading the bases with one out in the first, but the Vulcans escaped the jam on back-to-back groundouts to keep the game tied.
- Marissa Harne blooped a single over the third baseman's head in the bottom of the second and advanced to second on an errant pickoff throw to move into scoring position. Anderson then sent a ball just out of reach of the left fielder to bring her home and give the Seasiders the 1-0 lead.
- Gaspar answered for the Vulcans in the top of the third with a double to center to bring a runner in from first to tie the game.
- The Seasiders offense remained hot as Makaela Williamson singled on a sharp groundball that the shortstop was unable to hand and Katie Didonna doubled to left field to put runners on second and third. Meghan Wantz then singled on a blooper that fell in front of the second baseman to allow Williamson to come home and give BYU-Hawaii the lead.
- Alexa Barrett and Anderson were each hit with two outs to force one more run across the plate to make it 3-1 heading to the fourth.
- Amanda Lara executed a suicide squeeze perfectly and Danielle Pulido slid underneath the tag to cut the lead back to one in the top of the fourth.
- The Vulcans looked to tie the game in the fifth inning when Pulido singled to center, but Didonna was able to catch Samantha Lauro at the plate on a throw to Williamson for the final out.
- Maria Steadmon tried to test Didonna's arm again in the top of the sixth, but again the tag came down before Hawaii Hilo could apply the tag.
- The game was called after the top of the sixth to allow Hilo to make a flight.
BYU-Hawaii will face Chaminade Friday at Sand Island Park in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.