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UH softball team swept by James Madison, BYU

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:23 a.m. HST, Mar 14, 2014

James Madison earned its second shutout win over the University of Hawaii softball team this week with an 8-0 victory in five innings on Thursday in the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Classic.

JMU left-hander Jailyn Ford struck out eight and held UH to three hits in a complete-game victory. The Dukes broke away with four runs in the fourth inning and brought the mercy rule into effect on Niki Prince's three-run homer in the top of the fifth.

JMU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second but UH's Keiki Carlos escaped a bases-loaded jam to end the inning. JMU loaded the bases again in the third but Carlos got out of it with a 5-2-3 double play.

JMU's Madyson Moran and Mimi Morris led off the fourth inning with singles just over the UH infield and came around to score on Hannah Hayes' single and Erica Fields' double.

Ford's sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Sandy pushed JMU's lead to 5-0.

Prince ended Carlos' stint in the circle with a three-run home run to left field with one out in the top of the fifth.

In the second game of UH's doubleheader, BYU rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh in the Cougars' 3-1 win. Campbell graduate Katie Manuma delivered the decisive blow with a two-run double with one out in the seventh.

Kaile Nakao had given UH the lead with an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth and the Wahine protected a 1-0 lead going into the seventh.

With one out, Gordy Bravo singled and McKenzie St. Clair followed with her second double of the game. Manuma then worked the count full and doubled to right to give BYU the lead. Manuma was thrown out at third but Ashley Thompson followed with a home run to center.

BYU reliever McKenna Bull struck out the final seven batters she faced and earned the win. Loie Kesterson took the loss in a complete-game effort.

UH (12-12) faces No. 2 Oregon at 6 p.m. on Friday to close the round-robin portion of the tournament. Bracket play begins later Friday night between the fourth and fifth seeds.

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bleedgreen wrote:
Wahine bats disappointingly silent.
on March 14,2014 | 05:44AM
PokeStop wrote:
2014 proves the point that Bob Coolen can't coach! Coolen, Trap, Gibber, and Norm, need to be sent packing!
on March 14,2014 | 07:41AM
Morimoto wrote:
It doesn't prove anything, as you probably haven't even watched one game this season. You are also ignorant of Norm's contract and Coolen's past success, although I agree Gib should go.
on March 14,2014 | 08:02AM
PokeStop wrote:
Haven't watched a Wahine game this year....yeah right! Coolen can't coach, period! Look at his hitters this year they're barely over the Mendoza line. Same as the Baseball Bows! If I'm an opposing coach I'm licking my chops scouting the Wahines. With that wide open stance there's no way the hitters are going to have success. Just paint the outside corner with fastballs, mix in a change, and puff Wahines will whiff. BYU frosh hurler whiffed the last 7 batters last night! Willmon, Liilii, Carlos, Wartner, against a good pitcher have no chance. Nakao, omg, with that fake bunt approach will never catch up with the fastball. Yeah Coolen had past success, cuz he got lucky with the talent. Didn't really have to teach. It's only the past 3-4 years when he had Majam and Iwata. But they struggled last year. Prior years it was the pitching that held UH in games. No pitchers and no hitters is a disaster.....Morimoto San! Looks like you're the ignorant one. Go have a beer at the bar with your old pal Norm (soon to be ex-coach) and maybe we'll have something to cheer about!
on March 14,2014 | 10:45AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Something is definitely missing from this year's team. Hawaii has the talent but apparently not the drive.
on March 14,2014 | 08:36AM
808comp wrote:
Don't think its going to be a good season the way it looks right now.
on March 14,2014 | 10:28AM