Seasiders and Silverswords split doubleheader

Seasiders and Silverswords split doubleheader

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii women's softball split a doubleheader with Chaminade on Saturday at BYU-Hawaii Softball Field. The Seasiders (3-10, 1-5 PacWest) won the first game 2-1, before dropping the second 8-0 (5) to the Silverswords (4-6, 1-1 PacWest).

Lizabelle Talataina led the Seasiders hitting .571 (4-of-7) at the plate with a double and an RBI. Meghan Wantz allowed only one run over eight innings pitched, while Chelsie Childs (1-2) Lambert pitched one scoreless inning in the first game for the victory.

Rainelle Matsuoka led the Silverswords to victory in the second game with a grand slam in the second inning and Chelsea Camello (2-2) was backed up by some solid defense for the shutout win.

The first game was a defensive battle for the first six innings with Chaminade stranding seven runners on the base paths and BYU-Hawaii leaving nine, many in scoring position for each team.

After two quick outs in the top of the sixth, Amber Manuel hit the ball over the right-field fence to give the Silverswords a 1-0 lead.

After a scoreless bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh, Tiffany Smith singled to lead off the bottom of the frame. T. Anu Memea laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the tying run into scoring position. Sarah Captain stepped to the plate with two outs and singled into shallow left field to put runners on the corners. Talataina then stepped to the plate and sent the ball into left field to tie the game and send it into extra innings.

The Silverswords had a chance to grab a lead in the eighth inning, but Talataina grabbed a sharp, line drive back to third base to end the frame. The Seasiders were unable to do much in the bottom of the inning sending the game to the ninth.

Lambert entered and left two runners stranded in the top of the ninth to set BYU-Hawaii up for another chance for a walk-off win. Tisis Tualau came in as a pinch hitter and drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the frame. Captain singled through the left side to put runners at first and second. Rebecca Mawson then came through in the clutch with a two-out single back up the middle to bring home Memea from second base and earn the victory.

The second game lacked the dramatics of the first, as Chaminade loaded the bases on walks and scored its first run on a fielder's choice. Matsuoka then smashed a grand slam to center to take the 5-0 lead. The Silverswords added three more runs in the fourth inning and stranded 11 Seasiders on the base paths to take home the victory.

BYU-Hawaii will return to action on Thursday against Notre Dame de Namur for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. HST. Live stats will be available online.

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