For the fourth time in four meetings this season, Long Beach State came out the winner against Hawaii yesterday.
49ers continue mastery
over Rainbow Wahine
The 49ers beat the Rainbow Wahine 3-1 in the day's final Chevron Paradise Classic game. Long Beach State needs only one win today to claim the tournament title.
Hawaii or Texas-Arlington, who play today at 10 a.m. at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium, would both need three victories to win the tournament.
The winner of the 10 a.m. game meets the 49ers at noon. If LBSU loses, a deciding game is slated for 2 p.m.
Hawaii opened play yesterday by beating Texas-Arlington 6-0 behind Melissa Coogan's two-hitter. Coogan (3-1) struck out six and walked three. The freshman out of California has now thrown 21 consecutive shutout innings.
Stacey Porter smacked a solo home run, and Natalie Gonzales was 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBIs.
Hawaii (8-5) could only muster four hits against LBSU (13-4) though, and scored its lone run in the fourth inning on a throwing error.
Gonzales singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tracie Uchima, moved to third on a Kate Judd single and scored on the error.
Meredith Cervenka (8-1) went the distance for the 49ers, striking out three and walking two. Arleigh Thorp was 2-for-4, including a solo homer in the fifth ining off UH starter Shannon Tabion (1-2).
Tabion gave up three runs in five innings and Paula Banning finished up with two scoreless innings.
In other games yesterday, Long Beach State downed Mercer 2-1 and Texas-Arlington beat Mercer 3-1.
Waves ride Sardinha to doubleheader sweepDuke Sardinha had three hits, including a home run, and four RBIs to help Pepperdine sweep a doubleheader from Hawaii-Hilo at Simmons Field yesterday.
The Waves (5-5) beat the Vulcans 15-2 and 4-2.
Sardinha, a junior, starred at Kamehameha Schools.
Keola Park had four hits and Darren Chu added three hits and an RBI on the day for Hilo (2-22-1).
Smith wins pair of races, places second in anotherKawika Smith steered two canoes to wins then paddled his one-man rig to a second place finish in Na Opio Canoe Racing's Oahu championships yesterday.
Smith led Keahiakahoe to a win in the mixed varsity after steering the same boat to win by five seconds in the boys varsity competition. Between the two efforts he set out alone but could not catch Keoni Kahakelii of Na Holokai, who beat Smith by less than a half second (2.26.91).
Sanoe Lee represented Keahiakahoe well in the one person girls varsity race, beating Manu O Ke Kai's Melinn Park by a full five seconds.
Manu O Ke Kai, steered by Crystal Kelii, won the six-peson girls varsity race by nine seconds over Kammi Davis' Kalihi-Kai.
Dubrovin and Boehm qualify for nationalsJuniors Konstantin Dubrovin and Kurt Boehm qualified for the NCAA championship meet at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex Friday.
Swim teams and clubs from around the island competed with Hawaii in the non-scoring meet.
Dubrovin won the 200 yard freestyle race with a qualifying time of 1:38.56 and Boehm qualifyed with a 1:47.13 in the 200 fly. Boehm met his match in the 200 back stroke though, finishing second behind Iolani sensation Hong Zhe Sun. Zhe Sun finished in 1:50.01 while Boehm came in with Hawaii's fastest time of the season 3 1/2 seconds later.
Alfiler chosen in WUSA draftAndrea Alfiler was the 16th overall pick in Monday's Women's United Soccer Association draft.
The Kapaa High School graduate was selected by the Philadelphia Charge who finished 9-8-4 last year, good enough to qualify for the WUSA playoffs. She was Philadelphia's third pick.
A senior midfilder for Azusa Pacific University last fall, Alfiler was named the NAIA Player of the Year.