Hawaii Pacific to host softball regional
By Kalani Takase
Advertiser Staff Writer
The Hawai'i Pacific University softball team will host one of two NCAA Division II West Regionals this week, the NCAA announced yesterday.
The Sea Warriors (41-6), the Pacific West Conference champion, will host the four-team regional Friday through Sunday at Howard A. Okita Field in Kāne'ohe.
"It's the first time that any school in Hawai'i has hosted a regional, so it's a good thing for us," HPU coach Bryan Nakasone said. "Even the (Division I-University of Hawai'i) has been shut out when it comes to hosting in the postseason, so we think that this is a great opportunity. It's a nice reward for the kids. They've played hard and they earned it."
HPU is the top seed and faces No. 4 Central Washington (37-13) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Hawai'i-Hilo (35-14) is seeded third and plays No. 2 Cal State Monterey Bay (32-18) at 11 a.m. on Friday.
HPU lost once to both Central Washington and Cal State Monterey Bay this season. Hilo also lost a game to Cal State Monterey Bay. HPU and Hilo split their four-game series this season.
The 16 regional winners will advance to the Super Regionals on May 21 and 22. The finals will be held May 27 to 31 in St. Joseph, Mo.
NCAA Division II West Regional
At Howard A. Okita Field
All Times Hawai'i
Game 1—Cal State Monterey Bay (32-18) vs. Hawai'i-Hilo (35-14), 11 a.m.
G2—Central Washington (37-13) vs. Hawai'i Pacific (41-6), 1:30 p.m.
G3—G1 winner vs. G2 winner, 11 a.m.
G4—G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 1:30 p.m.
G5—G4 winner vs. G3 loser, 4 p.m.
G6—G3 winner vs. G5 winner, 11 a.m.
G7—if necessary, 1:30 p.m.
HPU FIRST PACWEST TEAM IN NCAAS
The Hawai'i Pacific University baseball team received an at-large berth to the NCAA Division II West Regional.
The Sea Warriors (37-10) are the fourth seed and play No. 1 UC San Diego (48-7) on Thursday at 11 a.m. HST at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif.
Cal State Dominguez Hills (40-18) is seeded second and Cal State Chico (35-18) is third. The double-elimination regional runs through Sunday.
"The wait is over and we are finally in," HPU head coach Garett Yukumoto said. "I am excited now to look ahead and study up on the other three teams in the tournament. It's just a great feeling for the coaches and players, but we need to get ready now for the task at hand."
HPU becomes the first team from the PacWest to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. It is also the first postseason appearance as a Division II program for the Sea Warriors, who have won nine straight.
Regional champions will advance to the double-elimination championship finals May 22 to 29 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
NCAA Division II West Regional
At the MLB Urban Youth Academy
All Times Hawai'i
Game 1—UC San Diego (48-7) vs. Hawai'i Pacific (37-10), 11 a.m.
G2—CS Dominguez Hills (40-18) vs. Chico State (35-18), 3 p.m.
G3—G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 11 a.m.
G4—G1 winner vs. G2 winner, 3 p.m.
G5—G3 winner vs. G4 loser, 9 a.m.
G6—G4 winner vs. G5 winner, 1 p.m.
G7—if necessary, 9 a.m.
Final standings Conf. Overall
W L W L Pct.
x-HPU 27 4 37 10 .787
Dixie State 19 13 31 19 .620
Grand Canyon 17 15 28 24 .538
UH-Hilo 13 19 18 27 .400
Academy of Art 3 28 8 39 .170
x-clinched PacWest title
Last week's results
UH-Hilo 7, Academy of Art 6
UH-Hilo 5, Academy of Art 2
Academy of Art 9, UH-Hilo 7
UH-Hilo 4, Academy of Art 2
End of Regular Season
Final statistical leaders
Batting avg.—Kenny Turner (HPU) .440; Brett Adams (DS) .423; Kale Sumner (HPU) .420; Tyler Bair (GCU) .411; R.J. Etchebarren (GCU) .409; Bas Nooij (HPU) .407; Blake Amaral (HPU) .400; Keoni Manago (UHH) .400; Wade Tamaru (HPU) .392; Kekoa Lee (UHH) .386; Quinn Boyer (DS) .386; Trevor Santor (GCU) .384; Cody Barrett (UHH) .351; Rhett Welsh (DS) .345; Ronel Trias (UHH) .340; Jordan Inamasu (HPU) .338; Colin Courtland (GCU) .336; Colton Yack (DS) .335.
RBIs—Brett Adams (DS) 64; Tyler Bair (GCU) 55; Blake Amaral (HPU) 50; Drew Oldfield (DS) 49; Bas Nooij (HPU) 42.
Runs scored—Brett Adams (DS) 53; Kale Sumner (HPU) 48; Drew Oldfield (DS) 46; Sean Winston (HPU) 45; two others tied with 44.
HRs—Brett Adams (DS) 17; Drew Oldfield (DS) 12; Colin Courtland (GCU) 10; three others tied with 7.
ERA—Jeff Urlaub (GCU) 3.55; Justin Prodan (DS) 3.61; Michael Greene (HPU) 3.70; Caelen O'Meara (HPU) 3.94; Aaron Correa (UHH) 3.97; Preston Grimes (DS) 4.73; Kekoa Lee (UHH) 4.99; Toby Inouye (HPU) 5.33; Zach Mexicano (AAU) 7.33; Colin Courtland (GCU) 7.60; Jeff Smith (AAU) 7.93; Darnell Quinney (AAU) 8.91.
Strikeouts—Justin Prodan (DS) 77; Jeff Urlaub 57; Toby Inouye (HPU) 56; Caelen O'Meara (HPU) 52; Kekoa Lee (UHH) 52; Preston Grimes (DS) 51.
BYUH, HPU WOMEN ADVANCE
The women's tennis teams from Brigham Young-Hawai'i and Hawai'i Pacific both advanced out of the first round of the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament.
The No. 3-ranked Seasiders topped No. 19 Cal State Stanislaus, 5-0, Thursday to improve to 29-0 and move into the round of 16. The Sea Warriors beat UC San Diego, 5-1, to improve to 19-5.
The National Championships are this week at Altamonte Springs, Fla. BYU-Hawai'i plays Clayton State (Ga.) while HPU meets Concordia (N.Y.). The quarterfinals are Thursday, semifinals Friday and the championship match will be played on Saturday.