Vulcans’ bats go silent in two losses
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 UHH 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 Vuls (10-10) have only totalled 10 hits.
Western Oregon’s Stephanie Morgan pitched six shutout innings Friday, allowing three hits and 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 UHH 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 Vuls and Missouri Western open play today at 10 a.m. — UHH won the teams’ first meeting 9-1 on Thursday — then the Griffons take on Western Oregon at 12:15 p.m. followed by the Vuls and Wolves at 2:30 p.m.
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