The University of Hawaii at Hilo softball team took care of business on Sunday, beating Central Washington 4-2 in the Silver bracket semifinals at the Mizuno Tournament of Champions in Turlock, Calif.
But the Vulcans then had to miss the Silver bracket final due to having already reached the NCAA game maximum for the season. Because of the restriction, the Vulcans’ second game Sunday was ruled a no contest.
UC San Diego defeated Hawaii Pacific University 2-0 in the Silver finale. If the Vulcans hadn’t reached their game maximum, they would have played the UCSD/HPU winner for the Silver medal.
With the win over Central Washington, UHH, under head coach Jaime Wallin, improved to 33-15 overall and finished 5-1 in the TOC — the best record ever for the Vulcans in the 21-team event that includes the top teams in the West Region.
Junior Vanessa Salinas (18-5) went the distance to earn the win over Central Washington (16-13). She allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out eight.
Kristina Victa (double), Rebecca Lee and Asha Prithviraj each had two hits to lead UHH. Emily Greene had an RBI for the Vulcans, who took advantage of four Wildcat errors to scores three runs.
Remy Bradley and Michaela Hazlett had two hits apiece to lead Central Washington.
Wildcats starter Maria Gau (7-8) went the distance and took the loss. She allowed eight hits and four runs, but only one earned run. She struck out two and walked one.
The Vulcans will next play a doubleheader against Brigham Young University-Hawaii in Friday at Laie. The twinbill was originally scheduled for April 27 on Oahu and the date changed per BYUH’s request.
UHH then plays a PacWest doubleheader at Chaminade on Sunday before closing the regular season with a PacWest twinbill against Hawaii Pacific University at 1 p.m. May 4 on the Vulcans field.
UHH is battling for a berth in the NCAA D-II West Regional, scheduled May 10-12 at a site to be named.
At Turlock, Calif.
CWU 100 100 0 — 2 7 4
UHH 102 010 x — 4 8 0