Hawai'i softball beats Baylor, 2-1
Kate Robinson pitched a four-hitter as No. 23 Hawai'i beat No. 10 Baylor, 2-1, last night in the championship game of the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament at Rainbow Wahine Stadium.
Robinson struck out two, walked one and allowed an unearned run in the second.
Robinson, who went 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA in 19 innings during the tournament, was named the MVP.
Hawai'i (27-7) scored twice in the bottom of the first. Richie-Anne Titcomb led off with an infield single and Claire Warwick doubled to right center, scoring Titcomb. After Kaulana Gould flied to left, Tyleen Tausaga singled to center, scoring Warwick.
Brette Reagan had two hits for Baylor (26-9).
Earlier, Alana Power and Tyleen Tausaga hit home runs, and Justine Smethurst flirted with a perfect game before settling on a three-hitter to help the Rainbow Wahine advance to the title game with an 8-3 victory over Nevada.
Katie Grimes had two hits and two RBIs for UH.
Smethurst, who struck out nine, retired the first 15 batters before pinch-hitter Montana Lucas singled to open the sixth.
BYUH, HILO SPLIT
Crystal De La Cruz hit a two-run double with one out in the bottom of the seventh as Brigham Young-Hawai'i upset Hawai'i-Hilo, 3-2, last night in the first game of a Pacific West Conference doubleheader at Central O'ahu Regional Park.
The Vulcans prevailed, 1-0, in the second game that was called with one out and two BYUH (10-10, 1-3 PacWest) runners on base in the bottom of the sixth. Although Charity Senas had homered in the top of the sixth to put Hilo (23-3, 11-1) ahead 2-0, the score reverted to the last full inning of play.
Tracy Ryan pitched a one-hitter with six strikeouts for the Vulcans. Austin Long allowed three hits and an unearned run for the Seasiders.
In the opener, De La Cruz spaced seven hits to win a duel with Hilo's Sarah Weisskopf.
Weisskopf also allowed seven hits, including a one-out double to Jana Dewey in the bottom of the eighth. Weisskopf then walked Holly Bjork before De La Cruz hit her game-winning double to left.
De La Cruz also hit an RBI single. Vanessa Badosa had two hits, including an RBI double for the Vulcans.
BYUH EDGES HILO
Reliever Chris Wright pitched four innings of one-hit ball as Bradley rallied to beat Hawai'i-Hilo, 9-7, yesterday in a non-conference game at Simmons' Field in Kailua, Kona.
Wright struck out seven and allowed one run in the bottom of the ninth to help the Braves improve to 5-7. Ryan Curry had four hits and three RBIs for Bradley, which overcame an early 4-0 deficit.
David Chu and A.J. Satele hit solo homers and Michael Higa had a two-run triple for the Vulcans (5-18). Chu had three of Hilo's eight hits.
USC SWAMPS HAWAI'I
Third-ranked Southern California routed short-handed and No. 8 Hawai'i, 19-6, yesterday in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's match at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
The Trojans (12-3, 5-1 MPSF) raced to leads of 3-0 and 9-1 in cruising to victory.
The Rainbow Wahine (10-8, 6-3) played without starters Meike De Nooy, Kelly Mason, Anna Sieprath and Amy Logan, who are competing with their respective countries in the World Aquatic Championships in Australia. Kristy Bagnall also did not play because of an injury.