UH softball takes two in WAC season debut
The University of Hawaii softball team opened Western Athletic Conference play with a pair of wins over Louisiana Tech yesterday in Ruston, La.
The Rainbow Wahine (16-13, 2-0 WAC) won the first game, 7-1, behind pitcher Justine Smethurst's complete-game six-hitter, with seven strikeouts. Kaulana Gould, Kristi Yoshizawa and Valana Manuma each contributed solo home runs for UH.
In the second game, the UH offense exploded for a 9-2 lead in the first inning before eventually winning 14-4. Brandi Peiler hit a two-run shot and went 3-for-4 at the plate, and pitcher Courtney Baughman picked up the win in relief.
LaTech dropped to 7-16 overall and 0-2 in the WAC.
The teams will play the final of the three-game series at 2 p.m. today.
» The Brigham Young-Hawaii softball team lost both games of a doubleheader against Buena Vista, 3-0 and 2-1, yesterday in Laie.
BYUH (7-15) outhit Buena Vista in both games, but left three runners stranded on base in the bottom of the seventh inning in the second game.
UH men's tennis rolls on
The University of Hawaii men's tennis team picked up a 7-0 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay yesterday at the UH Tennis Complex, extending its win streak to four.
UH's Sascha Heinemann defeated Tim Prudlow 6-2, 6-2 on the No. 1 court for his eighth straight victory at that position, and Ryan Sceats, Chad Faulk, Jarrod Diepraam, Jeff Fitch, and Yasuo Sakurai all followed suit with victories.
» The Brigham Young-Hawaii men's and women's tennis teams each earned 7-0 victories over Alabama State yesterday in Montgomery, Ala.
The No. 2 Seasiders women's team (15-0) blanked ASU, posting 6-0, 6-0 wins in all six singles matches and 8-0 wins in all three doubles games. The men's team (11-0) took 73 of the 76 games played.
Hawaii water polo extends win streak
The No. 5 University of Hawaii women's water polo team defeated No. 8 UC-Santa Barbara yesterday, 13-8, in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
The win extended the Rainbow Wahine (9-6, 4-2 MPSF) winning streak to five games, while UCSB dropped to 12-10 overall and 2-5 in the MPSF.
Gaskell advances in Lost Pro Junior
Hawaii's Hank Gaskell advanced to the quarterfinals yesterday in day four of Lost Pro Junior surfing event in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Gaskell posted a score of 14.60 to take first place in the third heat in the round of 32.
Hawaii's Sun takes second in NCAAs
Ewa Beach's Hongzhe Sun, of the Stanford men's swimming and diving team, finished second yesterday in the 200 backstroke category of the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships with a time of 1:40.25.
UH diver Mats Wiktorsson took fourth in the platform diving event with a score of 347.55. Thomas Winkler posted a time of 1:45.74 in the preliminaries of the 200 backstroke, finishing in 20th.
Punahou product Noa Sakamoto had a time of 16:04.74 in the 400-meter free relay category for Stanford.