LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii softball was unable to finish a comeback and dropped the first game to Simon Fraser 9-1 before losing a tight 10-6 game in the night cap.
"I thought our bats came alive in the second game," BYU-Hawaii head coach Alexandra Shamo said. "We were doing the little things offensively that will make us successful. We obviously struggled defensively, but overall I was happy with our performance."
Freshman third baseman Lizabelle Talataina led the Seasiders (0-6) with a .600 (3-for-5) hitting percentage to go with three runs and a double. Junior shortstop Kalynn Latu and freshman pitcher Brittany Vasquez each tallied three hits and a run for BYU-Hawaii. Sophomore catcher Makaela Williamson was the star of the second game finishing with three RBI going 1-for-2 from the plate.
Vasquez and Valencia were both the pitchers of record in the third consecutive doubleheader moving to 0-3 on the year.
Vasquez was challenged in the first game as the Clan loaded the bases with one out, but consecutive groundouts to Talataina at third ended the threat. Simon Fraser held BYU-Hawaii in check in the bottom of the frame leaving Latu stranded at first.
After getting two groundouts to start the second inning, the Seasiders defense committed two errors to allow three unearned runs cross the plate. Talataina singled to left center to leadoff the bottom of the second. After she was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, sophomore Tiffany Smith sent a hard shot back to the circle that glanced off the pitchers forearm to put runners on the corners. Freshman outfielder Sarah Captain singled up the middle to bring in one.
The inning ended in a strange manner as Simon Fraser's shortstop dropped a blooper into the hole between third and short, and threw to second where two Seasider runners occupied the base. Both runners were called out at second with runner's interference being called as one of the outs.
The Clan added another unearned run in the second after the leadoff runner reached base on a fielding error and eventually crossed on a tripled to center field. Simon Fraser added a two-run homerun in the fourth inning and three runs in the top of the sixth to put into effect the eight-run rule and end the game.
The Clan broke open the game quickly in the second game scoring four runs off four hits in the opening inning. They added another run in the top of the second to extend the lead to 5-0.
Vasquez led off the bottom of the second inning with a single up the middle and Talataina reached on a fielder's choice, as the catcher failed to throw out Velasquez at second on a sacrifice bunt. Captain then reached on a fielding error by the third baseman to load the bases with no outs. Williamson then brought in a run with a hard grounder to second base. With two outs, freshman infielder Courtney Hiruko and sophomore outfielder Josey Walker both singled up the middle to bring in two more runs and close the gap to 5-3 in the Clan's favor.
Valencia retired the side in the top of the third to keep the momentum going in the Seasiders direction. Latu led off the bottom of the frame with a single up the middle. Vasquez reached on a fielder's choice as the catcher failed to throw out the lead runner for the second consecutive inning. A great defensive play by Simon Fraser's second baseman stopped a hard hit by Talataina up the middle and tossed the ball to second to leave runners on the corners. Captain brought in Latu with a hard hit to second to close the gap to one and Williamson singled up the middle to tie the game 5-5 heading into the fourth.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Seasiders looked to take the lead with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but the Clan ended the threat with a strikeout.
Simon Fraser retook a 7-5 lead with two runs in the top of the sixth inning off a double to right center. BYU-Hawaii responded again as Latu singled and Talataina doubled down the right field line to put runners in scoring position with two outs. Captain and Williamson were both hit by pitches to bring across one run and close the gap to one, but the Seasiders would get no closer.
The Clan added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh to close out the game.
BYU-Hawaii will host one more doubleheader this week against Pacific University on Saturday beginning at noon HST. Live stats will be available online.