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Victa provides spark in UHH sweep


Kristina Victa ripped three doubles in the opener and had two more hits in the second game as the University of Hawaii at Hilo swept Holy Names University, 15-1 and 2-0, on Tuesday.

The Pacific West Conference softball twinbill was played in Oakland, Calif.

Victa, a junior lead-off batter and outfielder from Laguna Hills, Calif., led the offense in Game 1 and then added her two hits and scored twice in Game 2 to help the Vulcans sweep.

“Kristina had a really good day and in the first game, we had production up and down the lineup,” UHH coach Jaime Wallin said.

“Rebecca Lee also had a homer in the first game. In the second game, I wish our offense had been better. But it’s still nice to get the sweep.”

Junior Vanessa Salinas started and pitched 3 1/3 innings for UHH in the opener and picked up the win. Freshman Hannah Peterson then finished the lopsided affair.

In Game 2, sophomore Ashley Nelson went the distance to earn the win.

“Ashley pitched tough,” Wallin said. “She gave up more hits than we got, but she beared down when she needed to keep them scoreless.”

“We’ve got big doubleheader against Dominican University on Wednesday (today), and we want to keep getting better,” Wallin said.

No other game statistics were available.

Salinas honored

UHH junior Vanessa Salinas has been selected the Pacific West Conference Pitcher of the Week for games March 18-24.

The conference announced the softball honor Monday.

Salinas, from Madera, Calif., led the Vulcans to a 4-0 sweep over Azusa Pacific March 22-23 by pitching a pair of shutouts.

In 14 innings, she had a 2-0 record with a 0.00 earned run average while holding UHH’s opponents to a .128 batting average. She struck out seven, walked one and allowed no runs on six singles.

Salinas pitched a 3-0, two-hit shutout on March 22 against Azusa Pacific, and followed it with a 6-0, four-hit shutout on March 23.


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