Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Long reliever named
pitcher of the week

Hawaii right-hander William Quaglieri was named Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Quaglieri, a sophomore long reliever from Reno, Nev. who transferred from Purdue, pitched 6 2/3 innings of relief to earn the win in Sunday's 6-5 12-inning victory over UC Irvine. He allowed just two hits and no runs, while striking out seven. Six of the strikeouts came in the final three innings.

Quaglieri (2-2) is third on the team with 27 innings pitched and a 2.67 ERA, and he's second in strikeouts with 24.

UH second baseman Lane Nogawa was nominated for player of the week, but shortstop Matt Maguire of Nevada took the honors.

UH opens WAC season in softball tonight

Hawaii opens its Western Athletic Conference softball season, hosting a doubleheader tonight against Loyola Marymount at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. The first game begins at 5.

UH was voted by the WAC's coaches as the team most likely to win the conference championship. But the Rainbow Wahine have started slowly with a 12-10 nonconference record. LMU is 11-11.

First baseman Stacey Porter leads UH in batting (.314), homers (7) and RBIs (18). Sheri Oronoz has been the top pitcher, with a 7-4 record and 1.86 ERA.

2002 ASP surfing tour starts tomorrow

The 2002 Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour starts today with the Quiksilver Pro on Australia's Gold Coast.

With 12 events on five continents, the tour is offering the most prize money in its history.

The tour wraps up with two events on Oahu's North Shore --at Sunset Beach and Banzai Pipeline -- in November and December.

BYUH's Foyle, Wagner named all-conference

Brigham Young-Hawaii's Alexus Foyle was named the Pacific West Conference's Player of the Year in voting by coaches yesterday.

Foyle was the only player in the conference to average 20 points per game -- he scored in double digits in every game -- and was sixth in rebounding.

The Seasiders had to share the coach of the year award though, as Ken Wagner was named co-Coach of the Year with Montana State-Billings' Craig Carse.

Hawaii players joining Foyle on the conference's first team were top rebounder Scott Salisbury of BYUH, Scott Prather of Hawaii-Hilo and Igor Beljanski of Chaminade. Newcomer of the Year Danny Phillips of MSUB was the fifth member of the squad.

Although Hawaii Pacific was shut out of the first team, it placed Nash Subotic and John Avilla on the second team. Joining them were Kashif Reyes of Chaminade, Kyle Bartholomew of Hilo and Brian Cook of MSUB.

Hawaii jumps over BYU in Volleyball magazine poll

Hawaii moved up to third in yesterday's Volleyball magazine poll.

The Warriors (12-3) swept USC in two games, while Brigham Young (11-5) lost a pair to No. 2 Pepperdine (15-4) and fell to fourth. UCLA (16-3) remains in the top spot. BYU was third last week while Hawaii was fourth.

Wahine in 15th place at golf tournament

The Hawaii women's golf team is in 15th place after the first day of the SJSU Spartan Invitational yesterday.

Leading the way for Hawaii is Kristin Scholl, who is tied for 52nd place after posting a 79.

California is the first-day-leader with a score of 289, thanks to early medalist Ria Quiazon's round of 68, which included a 32 on the front nine.

Viloria gets opponent for televised bout

Waipahu's Brian Viloria will fight Ramon Jose Hurtado on March 15 on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, his manager said.

"This is a serious opponent," Viloria's manager, Gary Gittelsohn, said. "We have been looking at him for quite some time for Brian. He's got a right hand, and if Brian can handle him, it will tell us a whole more about him than any of his previous fights combined."

Hurtado, 27, started his career much like Viloria (5-0, 3 KOs), winning his first 10 fights, eight by knockout. But he has suffered a pair of losses since he was knocked out by Gerry Penalosa in a WBA Bantamweight title fight.

The fight will be on the undercard of the Golden Johnson-Chantel Stanciel welterweight fight at Cipriani's Hotel in New York City. The program starts at 4 p.m. Hawaii time.

Gittelsohn also said that he is 90-percent sure that Viloria will be coming home to Hawaii to fight in May, and could bring fellow Olympians Jose Navarro and Jermaine Taylor with him.

All of the particulars are still up in the air, the only sure thing being that Viloria will be fighting in Hawaii sometime.

"He's not going to let me avoid that show," Gittelsohn said. "All he does is talk about fighting at home again."

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