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By HPU Athletics. March 25, 2015 - 2:12 pm
The Hawai’i Pacific Softball Team (12-10, 4-8) took on Oahu rival BYU-Hawai’i (7-19, 3-13) in its first road series of the season on Saturday on the North Shore. HPU managed to split the doubleheader, winning the second game 12-10 after dropping game one 7-3.
In game one, Kayla Sanchez got HPU off to a hot start in the first inning with a two-run homerun to give the Sharks an early lead.
BYUH struck for one in the second on a homerun of its own.
In the fourth, HPU increased the lead back to two when Keila Elderts singled up the middle to drive in Kristen Caskey.
In the fifth, BYUH took the lead with a three-run inning and increasing the lead in the sixth by adding three more to make it a 7-3.
This was the end of scoring for the game, resulting in the Sharks dropping the first game of the doubleheader.
Caskey had a good day at the plate going 2-3 with a double.
Game two was an all-out slugfest on both sides. HPU grabbed the lead in the first inning on three runs that were the result of a Sanchez double, a Noelani Boyer walk, and Kiana Wolfe reaching on an error. BYUH scratched for two runs in the bottom of the first to bring the score to 3-2.
The Sharks pushed the lead to two when Dorian Acierto homered to left center in the second. The home team continued to retaliate as they scored one run in both the second and third innings.
In the top of the fourth, Acierto once again was a force driving in two on a double. Paige Crawford and Boyer followed with RBI singles of their own to make the score 8-4. In the bottom of the fourth the Seasiders struck back with a run of their own.
In the fifth, HPU struck for four runs on a pair of two-run homeruns by Crawford and Acierto, her second of the game.
BYUH tried to make a comeback by scoring five in the bottom of the seventh inning but the Sharks held on for the win.
The Sharks next take on Dominican University in San Rafael, CA on March 24th, marking the first stop on the mainland this season.
Photo by Eric Alcantara.