Vulcans split doubleheader
Johnny Dudoit went 4-for-5 with five RBIs, including a three-run home run, as the Vulcans erased a five-run deficit with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to outlast the San Diego State Aztecs 15-13 in the second game of a doubleheader at Wong Stadium.
Sean Tamura added four runs on 4-for-6 hitting, and Scott McLaughlin hit a two-run home run for the Vulcans, who improved to 3-6 on the season with the win.
Adam Hartman picked up the win in relief of starter Brian Ebbs, and Adam Usui got the save, pitching the final two innings without giving up an earned run.
In the opener, San Diego State took advantage of a shaky start to defeat Hawaii-Hilo 6-3.
The Aztecs scored five runs on three hits and two Hilo errors for a 5-0 lead in the second inning. But the Vulcans did not go quietly, rallying in the third behind Dudoit. With two outs and two on, Dudoit smacked a three-run homer to left-center. The third baseman finished with six hits in eight at-bats.
San Diego State added another run in the fifth when catcher Jordan Swaydan sent a solo shot to left. The lead was enough for Aztec pitcher Scott Shoemaker, who scattered four hits in six innings for the victory.
Rainbow Wahine defeat Alumnae team
Hawaii head coach Bob Coolen's 46th birthday was made a bit more special as April Crowell's grand slam provided all of the Rainbow Wahine's offense as they defeated the Alumnae team 4-2 yesterday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Starter Melissa Coogan did not give up a hit in four innings, picking up the win, while striking out six. Jessica Morton recorded the save by pitching the final two innings for the Wahine, striking out four without giving up a run.
The Wahine officially open their 2004 campaign Feb. 4, hosting Brigham Young in the opening game of the 8th Paradise Classic.
Whitford gets water polo season off to good start
The Hawaii Rainbow Wahine water polo team opened its 2004 season with an 11-7 win over the Alumnae team yesterday afternoon at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
Junior Makana Whitford led the Wahine with four goals, including back-to-back goals at the end of the third period that gave the Wahine a commanding 10-4 lead.
Kristy Bagnall added two goals and two assists for the Wahine, and goalie Amber Lumb stopped 11 shots, including a pair of 4-meter penalty shots.
The Wahine open their regular season Feb. 5 in Stockton, Calif., against the Pacific Tigers, while their home opener is Feb. 14 against UC-Irvine, at 6 p.m.
Rainbow Wahine open track season
The Hawaii track team got its first taste of the track season in the first of four Sunrise Meets yesterday at Cooke Field. The meet was not scored, but it helped Rainbow Wahine track coach Carmyn James decide who she'll take with her to the Huskie Invitational next week.
Yesterday's event was open to high school and masters athletes. Hawaii freshman Ku'ulei Karratti, the high school state champion in the 100 meters, continued where she left off last year. Karratti teamed with sophomore Jennifer Ciochetti and freshmen Candace Rosenthal and Eva Tanner to win the 1600-meter relay with a time of 4 minutes, 25.77 seconds.
Goo, Dung, Reardon at QB Club
UH Wahine basketball coach Vince Goo, Hawaii Pacific athletic director and men's basketball coach Russell Dung, and the Star-Bulletin's Dave Reardon will speak at tomorrow's Quarterback Club luncheon.
Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. at the Pagoda restaurant with the program to follow at noon.
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