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February 4, 2012

Hawai'i Pacific Sweeps Softball Doubleheader

KANEOHE, Hawaii - Hawai'i Pacific got a strong pitching performance in the opener and scored the winning run in the seventh inning of the second game as it swept Pacific Lutheran in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.

The Sea Warriors, ranked No. 17 in the NCAA Division II preseason poll, took the games by 5-2 and 5-4 scores.

With the defeats, the NCAA Division III Lutes fall to 1-3 on their season-opening tour of Hawaii. They close out their trip with a Monday afternoon doubleheader against BYU-Hawaii.

1st Game - Hawai'i Pacific 5, PLU 2

The Lutes managed just five hits and two unearned runs against Breanne Patton, who struck out five and walked four.

PLU scored a run in the third when Montessa Califano reached on an error, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and then scored on Haley Harshaw's single. The other run came in the seventh when Katie Lowery hit a single and later scored on a wild pitch. Lowery collected a pair of singles to lead the Lutes offense. 

Hawai'i Pacific collected 11 hits against Leah Butters, who went the distance in suffering her first pitching loss of the season. The Sea Warriors scored four runs in the second and added the other in the third.

2nd Game - Hawai'i Pacific 5, PLU 4

Back-to-back doubles with no outs in the bottom of the seventh won the game for the Sea Warriors, who fell behind 4-0 before rallying for the victory.

Patton led off the frame with a double, and Melissa Awa drove her in with the winning two-bagger. Awa had a pair of RBI in the game, and Keila Eldert picked up two of the team's nine hits.

Stacey Hagensen took the loss in a complete-game performance. She allowed four earned runs on the nine hits while walking one and fanning one.

The Lutes took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Hagensen singled to left, stole second, and then scored following consecutive hits by Califano and Glenelle Nitta.

PLU added three runs in the top of the fifth inning, making the most of three hits, a sacrifice and an error. Kylee Oshiro and Ami Gran started the frame with base hits, and when Amanda Goings' sacrifice bunt was thrown away, Oshiro scored, Gran ended up at third and Goings at second. With one out Hagensen drove in Gran with a sacrifice fly, and Amanda Hall followed with a single to plate Goings.

That set up the Sea Warriors for the rally from four runs down.

Gran had a pair of hits to lead PLU's nine-hit offense.

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