Seasiders overwhelmed by Vulcans

Seasiders overwhelmed by Vulcans

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii softball was unable to keep up with the high-scoring offense of Hawaii Hilo, losing 12-2 and 14-2 on Thursday at the BYU-Hawaii softball field.

Courtney Hiruko led the Seasiders (7-23, 3-17 PacWest) from the plate going 3-for-7 with one run. Whitney Gustafson, Makaela Williamson and Lizabelle Talataina each had an RBI for BYU-Hawaii.

Hilo (27-15, 10-4 PacWest) grabbed early leads in both games and kept BYU-Hawaii's bats at bay to take the games quickly. Emily Greene went 4-for-4 in the first game with three RBI and scored the first run of the second game.

The Vulcans strung together four hits including an RBI-double by Vanessa Salinas to take a 3-0 lead in the first game. They then added two more in the second with the help of a Seasider error.

BYU-Hawaii was finally able to break through in the third inning. Hiruko doubled with one out and Tiffany Smith singled up the middle to put runners at the corners. Williamson sacrificed to left field and Talataina singled down the right field line to bring home Smith from second, closing the gap to 5-2.

A two-run homerun in the top of the fourth added to the Vulcans lead and several walks along with two hits and an error added five runs in the top of the fifth to end the game.

 Hilo scored the first run of the second game on an errant throw to third. BYU-Hawaii answered in the bottom of the first loading the bases on walks and hit-by-pitches. Gustafson then drew a walk to tie the game 1-1.

The game then got out of control for the Seasiders as the Vulcans scored 13 runs in a nine hit second inning. BYU-Hawaii added one more run in the bottom of the fifth when Anu Memea was awarded first base on a catcher's interference with the bases loaded.

The Seasiders return to the diamond tomorrow for its final home doubleheader against Chaminade beginning at 1 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.

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