Hawai'i Pacific baseball wins, 18-2
Blane Muraoka allowed two runs on 10 hits as Hawai'i Pacific defeated Southern Connecticut State, 18-2, yesterday at Aloha Stadium.
Geoffrey Say batted 4-for-4 and scored three runs for HPU (19-12), which amassed 16 hits. Scott Hunter went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Tyler Ward and Justin Wolfer had two hits apiece.
Results from the second game were not available at press time.
UH embarks on long trip: The University of Hawai'i softball team is heading to the East Coast for its longest road trip of the season.
The Rainbows (17-12) will play in the Tar Heel Invitational at North Carolina. Hawai'i will play Virginia and North Carolina Saturday and East Carolina Sunday. The teams will be seeded by record and play Sunday afternoon for the consolation and championship games. Hawai'i has never played any of the participants in the Invitational.
Hawai'i then plays a non-conference doubleheader at North Carolina-Greensboro Tuesday before heading West to play Fresno State April 4-5 in its first Western Athletic Conference games. The Bulldogs beat UH, 3-1, on March 14 at the rain-shortened Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif.
The Rainbows finished 3-3 at their own Hawai'i Invitational last weekend, beating No. 16 Ohio State, 10-4, in the consolation game at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. Four UH players were named to the all-tournament team: Stacey Porter, also named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, shortstop Kate Judd, right fielder Tracie Uchima and designated player April Crowell.
Porter hit .556 with three doubles, two home runs, six runs and eight RBI in six games. Porter, a junior, has 27 career home runs, two shy of the school career mark held by Dana Degan. Judd has 26 career homers.
BYUH splits: Emily Lister singled home Shea Seever with two outs in the top of the seventh inning as Brigham Young-Hawaii beat Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1-0, yesterday in the first game of a doubleheader at Carson, Calif.
Cindy Gates and Kim O'Hanian each had two hits as Dominguez Hills (18-7-1) beat BYUH (19-19), 4-1, in the second game.
Rainbows in marathon: Eighth-ranked University of Hawai'i (4-10) plays a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match against fourth-ranked Long Beach State (12-5) tonight at 6, then hosts the sixth annual Rainbow Challenge Invitational the next three days.
All games will be at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Cal Baptist, UC Santa Cruz and UC San Diego join Long Beach and UH in the tournament, which concludes Sunday at 3 p.m. with the Rainbow Wahine taking on Australia.
Meris Bantilan-Smith, high school teammate of UH sophomore Makana Whitford at Kahuku, has 13 goals for 10th-ranked San Diego, which plays UH tomorrow.