UH earns share of tennis title
The University of Hawai'i men's tennis team defeated visiting Idaho, 6-1, yesterday to clinch a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship and secure the top seed in the conference tournament.
The Rainbow Warriors (10-7 ) and Fresno State each finished 4-1 in WAC play and were declared co-champions. UH earned the top seed in the WAC Tournament, which starts Friday in Fresno, because it beat the Bulldogs, 5-2, earlier in the year.
The 'Bows won the doubles point yesterday, then got singles victories from Dennis Lajola, Andreas Weber and Dmytro Kovalyov, who earned the deciding fourth point with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Alan Shin at the No. 6 court.
HPU WINS PACWEST
The Hawai'i Pacific softball team swept visiting Chaminade, 12-3 and 2-0, yesterday to clinch its fourth consecutive Pacific West Conference championship.
The Sea Warriors improved to 41-6 overall and finished PacWest play at 26-4. Dixie State split a doubleheader with Academy of Art yesterday to finish 24-6.
The Silverswords fell to 16-36 and 12-20.
In the first game, Maile Kim hit a pair of three-run homers, Nicole Morrow hit a two-run homer and Caira Pires added a solo shot in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. Sherise Musquiz (25-1) pitched a five-hitter.
In the second game, the Sea Warriors scored in the first inning on Kim's sacrifice fly and Pires' RBI single, and Musquiz replaced Ashley Valine with two on and two out in the bottom of the seventh and recorded a strikeout to earn the save.
Valine allowed four hits in 6 2/3 innings while Chaminade's Kasy'e Lalau pitched a five-hitter, holding HPU to two hits and no runs over the final six innings.
HPU SETS RECORD
The Hawai'i Pacific baseball team set a school record for wins in a season yesterday with a sweep of Hawai'i-Hilo, 15-5 and 9-0, in a non-conference doubleheader at Hans L'Orange Park.
The Sea Warriors improved to 34-10, eclipsing the previous school record of 32 wins set by the 1993 team and equaled in 1999. Hilo is 15-24.
In the first game, Kevin Matsumoto (2-2) yielded three hits and one run in five innings and was backed by a 19-hit offense. Kenny Turner had two hits and three RBIs, Lester Akeo had three hits and one RBI, and Bas Nooij hit a solo homer for HPU.
T.J. Pilla had two hits and an RBI for Hilo.
In the second game, Chad Wagner permitted three hits in five innings and HPU scored eight runs in the second, highlighted by Nooij's three-run triple and Kale Sumner's two-run homer.
BELL DEFENDS TITLE
Defending champion Alika Bell shot even-par 72 yesterday to win the Amatour Hawai'i Turtle Bay Resort Kickoff Tournament by two shots.
Bell, who started the final round trailing by three strokes, finished with a 36-hole total of 3-over 147. Play was held on the Fazio Course yesterday and the Palmer Course on Saturday.
There was a four-way tie for second with Patrick Hawthorne (71), Chase Bingham (72), Eric Sonnenberg (75) and Mike Kawate (76) finishing at 149.