Robinson leads Wahine to sweep
Kate Robinson hit two home runs to lead the 17th-ranked Hawaii women's softball team to a 4-1 victory over Louisiana Tech yesterday in the first game of a doubleheader.
Robinson (12-3) then pitched UH to a 6-4 win in Game 2 to complete the Western Athletic Conference sweep.
Hawaii (28-11, 4-1 WAC) and LaTech (18-19, 1-4) conclude their three-game series today in Ruston, La.
In the opener, Robinson hit a solo shot in the third inning, then had a two-run shot in the sixth to give the Wahine a 3-1 lead. One out later, Brandi Peiler's sacrifice fly brought in Clare Warwick for UH's last run.
In the second game, the Wahine capitalized on two LaTech errors to score four unearned runs with two outs in the second. Hawaii added two more runs in the fourth before the Lady Techsters ruined Robinson's shutout on Danielle Sheridan's solo home run.
Wiktorsson 14th in NCAA diving
Senior Mats Wiktorsson ended his career for Hawaii with a 14th-place finish in platform diving yesterday at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Federal Way, Wash.
Wiktorsson placed 14th in the preliminaries, moving into the consolation finals. He was sixth with a 336.40 to finish 14th overall.
The Swedish national was 13th in this event last year. He earned his second All-American honorable mention with his performance.
Hawaii falls in men's tennis
The Hawaii men's tennis team opened its three-match road trip with a 5-2 loss at No. 11 Tulsa yesterday.
The Rainbow Warriors (2-9) earned its two points in singles with Sasha Heinemann defeating Ricardo Soriano 6-7 (6), 7-5, 1-0 (9) at No. 3 and, at No. 5, junior Jeff Fitch topped Alberto Sottocorno 6-4, 7-5.
Although the Golden Hurricane (16-3) took the doubles point after winning two of three matches, Hawaii did see freshman Dennis Lajola and Fitch upset No. 36 Arnau Brugues-Ricardo Soriano 8-7 (7-5).
Hawaii is at No. 48 San Diego State Wednesday and at No. 60 UC Irvine Friday.
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Vulcans earn doubleheader sweep
Dayne Ogawa's three-run homer highlighted an 11-run fifth inning and Hawaii-Hilo went on to rout Saint Martin's 20-4 in the first game of a nonconference baseball doubleheader yesterday in Lacey, Wash.
The Vulcans (11-14) had to come from behind in the second game, scoring all of their runs in the seventh, for a 6-2 victory. A.J. Satele's two-run double capped the six-run rally against the Saints (12-15).
» At San Francisco, Hawaii Pacific dropped a 6-5 decision then settled for an 11-11 tie in seven innings against San Francisco State in a nonconference baseball doubleheader yesterday.
The Sea Warriors (23-12-1) took a 5-0 lead in the top of the fifth, scoring three runs, two on a single by Danny Lee. The Gators chipped away at the margin until tying it at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh.
SFS won the game when, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Nyman was hit by a pitch by HPU reliever BA Garner.
HPU, Chaminade to bracket play
The Hawaii Pacific softball team split its two pool-play games and Chaminade went 0-3 during yesterday's second day of the Mizuno Tournament of Champions in Turlock, Calif.
The Sea Warriors shut out the Coyotes 5-0 behind the five-hit pitching of Courtney Kessell (15-1). HPU then fell to Cal State Monterey Bay 2-1 when the Otters scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth.
The Sea Warriors (26-4) faces Humboldt State in a gold (championship) quarterfinal today.
Chaminade was shut out in all three games, losing to host CSU Stanislaus 5-0, to CSU San Bernardino 1-0 and CSU Monterey Bay 8-0 in five innings, The Silverswords (9-23) meet Chico State today in a bronze bracket semifinal.