Hawaii Beat
Star-Bulletin staff and wire reports

Irons falls to Munro in Rip Curl Pro final

Australian Trent Munro defeated world champion Andy Irons of Kauai in yesterday's tight Rip Curl Pro surfing final in Australia.

The event, traditionally held at Bells Beach, was relocated to Woolamai Beach.

After the first two events of the Association of Surfing Professionals' World Championship Tour, Irons is in third place behind Munro and fellow Australian Mick Fanning.

The next event on the WCT is the Billabong Pro in Tahiti in May.

No. 4 Rainbow Wahine beat No. 12 Aztecs

Hawaii moved up one spot to fourth in this week's Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 20, then went out and beat No. 12 San Diego State last night 9-4.

UH All-American Beth Novick scored four goals to pace the Wahine last night, and Monika Kruszona added three.

The No. 4 ranking is the highest in third-year head coach Michael Roy's tenure. UCLA remains No. 1.

Tatsuno to throw out first pitch at AJA states

Hawaii Sports Hall of Famer and UH Sports Circle of Honor recipient Derek Tatsuno will throw out the first pitch Saturday to kick off the 2005 AJA Baseball State Tournament.

The tournament runs Saturday and Sunday at Aloha Stadium and all games are free to the public.

The four teams competing are the Big Island's Waiakea Pirates, Maui's Asahi, Kauai's Kalaheos and Oahu's Sheraton Midas. The ceremonial first pitch is 10 a.m. Saturday. The championship game is Sunday at approximately 1 p.m.

Vulcans split with No. 12 San Francisco State

Hawaii-Hilo split its softball doubleheader at No. 12 San Francisco State yesterday, losing 4-3 in eight innings in the opener and coming back to win the second game 3-0.

The Gators ended the Vulcans' 16-game winning streak in the first game. Laura Kimborwicz had three hits for Hawaii-Hilo (21-3) in the loss.

Lisa Jackson and Chelsea Osborne had two hits each in the second game. Britni Rodriguez ran her record to 6-0 with a two-hit shutout.

» At Turlock, Calif., Hawaii Pacific swept a nonconference doubleheader from Cal State Stanislaus 2-1 and 8-2.

In the eighth inning of the first game, Brandi Peiler doubled for HPU and Nicole Kalakau doubled her home for the winning run. Dayna Barry was the winning pitcher.

Peiler and Kara Wedemeyer had two hits each in the second game. Clerisse Lemke struck out six in the win.

BYUH women win, men fall at West Florida

No. 1 Brigham Young-Hawaii remained undefeated at 16-0 after winning a NCAA Division II women's tennis match at No. 3 West Florida yesterday.

It was the Seasiders' 117th consecutive win. BYUH's Jing Jing Liu, Adrienn Hegedus, Tetyana Bula, Petra Teller and Gurianna Korinihona all won singles matches as part of an 8-1 Seasiders win.

» The top-ranked Argonauts men's team beat the No. 8 BYUH men 5-4 for its 45th straight D-II victory.

BYUH lost five of six singles matches, but swept the doubles competition, with wins by the teams of Dillon Porter and Junyoung Kim, Leon So'onalole and Dorian Porada, and Jeffery Rice and Jakub Huza.

See line scores and results in the [ Scoreboard ] section.

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