Hawaii Beat


POSTED: Saturday, May 09, 2009

Wahine eliminated in WAC softball

Nevada scored two unearned runs with two outs in the top of the 10th inning for a 4-2 victory, eliminating Hawaii from the Western Athletic Conference softball tournament yesterday in Fresno, Calif.

The Rainbow Wahine (30-24) will learn tomorrow if their season continues during the NCAA tournament selection show (4 p.m. Hawaii time, ESPNU).

Freshman pitcher Stephanie Ricketts (22-11) was the hard-luck loser, with three of the runs unearned. Two came in the 10th when Jessica Haight doubled to right-center for the deciding runs.

Hawaii tied it at 1-all on an RBI triple by Amanda Tauali'i in the fifth that scored Clare Warwick. The Wahine took the lead in the next inning when Melissa Gonzalez singled up the middle to bring in Julie Franklin.

The Wolf Pack tied it on Noelle Micka's one-out single to right, the only earned run off Ricketts.

The Wahine left 12 runners on base.


Kono shares lead at golf regional

UCLA freshman Stephanie Kono (Punahou '08) carded a second-round 2-under 70 yesterday to remain tied for the lead in the NCAA Central Regional women's golf tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

Kono and teammate Maria Jose Uribe were tied at 5-under 139, keeping the Bruins in the team lead at 574. Purdue was second at 584.

Kono shot 2-over 38 on the front nine, but had four birdies on the back for a 32.

The top eight teams advance to the NCAA championship May 19-22.



HPU advances in softball regional

Junior left fielder Ciera Senas doubled in the deciding run in the third inning to lead Hawaii Pacific to a 2-1 victory yesterday in the NCAA Division II West 2 Regional softball tournament in St. George, Utah.

The Sea Warriors (41-10) will face PacWest rival and host Dixie State (31-9) today in the double-elimination event. The Red Storm rallied to beat Cal State Monterey Bay 7-6 in eight innings yesterday.

Courtney Kessell (19-4) earned the victory, allowing one run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings. Sherise Musquiz had runners at the corners with one out in the sixth, but struck out two Tritons en route to a save.

“;We were hitting well early in the game, but didn't have much going later on,”; HPU coach Bryan Nakasone said. “;It's a tribute to the girls that they were able to hold on. Overall we played well enough to get the win, which is what really matters.”;


Sea Warriors notch baseball win

Blake Amaral and Cheynne Hirota each drove in three runs as Hawaii Pacific routed Puerto Rico-Bayamon 15-1 in a PacWest-Puerto Rico Little World Series baseball game yesterday in St. George, Utah.

The Sea Warriors improved to 2-1 in the seven-team tournament hosted by Dixie State. Turhan Folse earned the complete-game victory, scattering four hits and striking out 10.

Amaral homered twice, including a solo blast that for HPU's first run of the seven-inning, 10-run-rule shortened game.