Seasiders split with Vulcans

Alanna Anderson readies for a pitch against Hawaii Hilo at Sand Island Park.
Alanna Anderson readies for a pitch against Hawaii Hilo at Sand Island Park.

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.

Game One

  • 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.

Game two

  • 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.

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