Seasiders split rain-delayed doubleheader

Seasiders split rain-delayed doubleheader

LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii softball won 6-2 in the second game of a doubleheader with Holy Names, after dropping a rain-halted 7-2 game to the Hawks (5-16-1, 1-9 PacWest).

Chelsie Childs Lambert (2-2) pitched a complete game, including six-scoreless innings, and allowed only five hits to earn the victory in the second game for the Seasiders (6-14, 2-8 PacWest). Tiffany Smith continued her hot hitting, finishing 4-for-7 at the plate with three RBI and three runs. Brittany Vasquez also had a strong showing hitting .428 with two RBI.

Vanessa Pulido led Holy Names to victory in the first game pitching the complete game and allowing six hits.

Game one

The first game started with intense winds and rain. Meghan Wantz struggled to get the pitches in the strike zone pitching against the wind, loading the bases and allowing two runs to cross on walks. A wild pitch scored Nicolette Soares to give Holy Names a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

In the top of the second, Marissa Perez singled to left field then advanced to second on a wild pitch before moving to third on the next batter's ground out. Tailor Goods was hit by a pitch to put another runner on base. As Soares grounded out, Perez made it home and Goods advanced to scoring position. A double down the left field line from Geena Garabedian allowed Goods to score and take the 5-0 lead.

With the bases loaded in the top of the third frame, Perez singled to center field to score Sharona Mataele. The game was halted due to weather conditions before being resumed on Wednesday at 1 p.m. A wild pitch allowed Courtney Tarbat to score and put Holy Name ahead 7-0.

Wantz found better luck with the sunny conditions not allowing another run to cross for the over the final four innings. The Seasiders were finally able to get their offense going in the bottom of the seventh when Brandy Karl and Smith put together back-to-back singles. A ground out put both runners in scoring position and Vasquez singled to right center to bring them home. Lizabelle Talataina singled to third base, but Vasquez was called out colliding with the short stop, ending the game 7-2.

Game two

BYU-Hawaii carried its momentum into the second game working their way out of a jam to leave a Hawk runner stranded at third in the top of the first. Tiffany Smith led off the bottom of the frame with a single to center and Roxane Dennis was hit by a pitch on the next at bat. Vasquez singled through the right side to load the bases for Sarah Captain.

Captain brought home Smith on a groundball to second. Talataina followed with a single to right field to score Dennis and give BYU-Hawaii the 2-0 lead.

The Seasiders maintained their two-run lead for the next two innings until Kalynn Latu and Karl bookended a walk by Rebecca Mawson with singles to load the bases with one out. Smith cleared the bases with a double down the left-field line and scored the next at bat off T. Anu Memea's single to right-center field for the 6-0 advantage.

The Hawks looked poised to cut into the BYU-Hawaii lead in the top of the sixth after Kayla Simonsen led off with a walk, but shortstop Alexa Barrett stretched to grab a shallow pop fly and threw Simonsen out at first for the inning-ending double play.

Holy Names loaded the bases in the top of the seventh with one out and brought home two runs, but Kalynn Latu scooped up a grounder to second for the final out of the game.

The Seasiders will be back in action for a doubleheader against Dominican beginning at 1 p.m. HST on Friday at the BYU-Hawaii softball field. Live stats will be available online.

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