Vulcan softball suffers another defeat


The University of Hawaii at Hilo managed to escape the wet weather in East Hawaii.

Getting its hitting attack going lately in North Hawaii has been a much tougher task.

Jackie Bates pitched a four-hitter Friday at Samura Field in Waimea, and Missouri Western handed the Vulcans their third straight loss, 3-1.

Earlier in the day, Western Oregon shut out UH-Hilo 8-0. The Wolves also thumped the Vulcans 11-1 on Thursday night, and in their three losses at the round-robin softball tournament — which was originally scheduled to be played on campus — the Vulcans (10-10) have only totalled 10 hits.

Western Oregon’s Stephanie Morgan pitched six shutout innings Friday, allowing three hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Left fielder Danielle Harcourt provided the offense with a three-run home run in the second inning. Hannah Pomeroy had given her team the lead in the first with a two-run single off Vanessa Salinas, who was hurt by three UH-Hilo errors. Salinas lasted 1 2/3 innings, yielding five hits, seven runs — three earned —with a walk.

Bates struck out seven and walked a batter later in the day. Emily Greene and Colleen Aubrey each had two singles for the Vulcans, but Ashley Nelson was dented for 10 hits and took the loss.

Keri Lorbert was 3-for-3 for Missouri Western, including a solo home run to lead off the second inning. She singled in the fifth to increase the lead to 3-0. Breanna Fleschner and Michelle Stevenson also had two hits each for the Griffons (10-4).

Nelson struck out five in six innings, allowing three runs — two earned — with no walks.

In the other game Friday, Missouri Western edged Western Oregon (6-9) 2-1.

The Vulcans and Missouri Western open play today at 10 a.m. — UH-Hilo won the teams’ first meeting 9-1 on Thursday — then the Griffons take on Western Oregon at 12:15 p.m. followed by the Vulcans and Wolves at 2:30 p.m.

Golf

Yamauchi ties

for 33rd in tournament

University of Hawaii at Hilo sophomore Dalen Yamauchi carded an 8-over 80 on Friday and finished in a tie for 33rd at the Burns Intercollegiate at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, Oahu.

Yamauchi, who started the day in a tie for ninth, led the Vulcans to a ninth-place finish.

California was the only team to shoot below par (14-under 850) in winning the tournament for the third consecutive year. UH-Hilo, one of only two Division II teams in the field, was at 46-over.

The Bears swept the top three spots, with Joel Stalter (67) winning by eight strokes at 12-under.

Yamauchi was at 11-over, while UH-Hilo’s Jamie Hall, who had his team’s best round of the day with a 76, was one stroke back in a tie for 37th along with Chris Shimomura (78). Corey Kozuma (79) tied for 49th at 14-over, and Kyeton Littel (81) finished at 17-over in a tie for 58th.

Also, Jay Heglund (21-over), Christian Agosto (26-over), Ric Yamamoto (35-over) and James Horton (40-over) competed for UH-Hilo as individuals.

Kamehameha-Hawaii graduate Nainoa Calip, competing for the University of Hawaii, was at 21-over.