HPU wins, will play for NCAA II World Series softball title tomorrow
Hawai'i Pacific will play for its first Division II national championship tomorrow.
The Sea Warriors (49-6) beat Metro State (Colo.) 7-2 today at Heritage Park in St. Joseph, Mo. in a semifinal game of the NCAA Division II Softball World Series.
HPU, the third-ranked team in the nation, will play No. 2 Valdosta State (50-8) at 9 a.m. Hawai'i time. The game will be live on CBS College Sports TV. The game can be heard on AM 1500 and online at www.redzonemedia.com.
Sherise Musquiz (33-3) allowed two runs on six hits to pick up the win for HPU. She also drove in three runs and batted 2 for 4. Leadoff batter Ciera Senas went 2 for 4 with an RBI, clean-up hitter Nicole Morrow 3 for 4 and No. 9 hitter Chante Tesoro 2-3. Designated player Maile Kim also recorded an RBI and second batter Casey Sugihara scored twice.
The Sea Warriors led 1-0 after the first inning, but trailed 2-1 after the third. HPU reclaimed the lead with two runs in the fourth and scored one more in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Kellie Nishikida, a former Pearl City High and HPU player, batted 1 for 3 for Metro State.
Hawai'i Loa College won the NAIA national title in 1991. It merged with HPU in 1992.
NCAA DIVISION II SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Heritage Park
St. Joseph, Mo.
All Times Hawai'i
North Georgia 4, Molloy 0
Valdosta State 7, Bloomsburg 5
Hawai'i Pacific 3, Wayne State 1
Angelo State 10, Metro State 3
Valdosta State 6, North Georgia 1
Hawai'i Pacific 1, Angelo St. 0
Bloomsburg 2, Molloy 1
Metro St. 1, Wayne St. 1
Angelo St. 5, Bloomburg 4
Metro St. 4, North Georgia 1
Valdosta St. 3, Angelo St. 2
Hawai'i Pacific 7, Metro St. 2
Valdosta State (50-8) vs. Hawai'i Pacific (49-8), 9 a.m.