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Doing double duty for HPU

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    Breanne Patton, a former Campbell standout, is pitching again.
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Junior Breanne Patton unexpectedly has been doing double duty for Hawaii Pacific, the defending NCAA Division II softball champion. When a commitment from a pitcher fell through for this season, the Sea Warriors turned to the 2009 Campbell High graduate who had pitched and played first for the Sabers.

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"I haven’t pitched since high school, but I want to help the team," said Patton, an all-state pick who was 8-3 her senior season. "I’m still getting comfortable. But I have an amazing defense behind me. Without them I would be nothing. I’m so lucky."

Patton is perfect so far, on the mound and in the field. She is 6-0 in six appearances, with a 0.92 ERA, and has a 1.000 fielding percentage with no errors in 53 chances.

"She’s very strong," said assistant coach Howard Okita, who recruited Patton. "When we lost a player, we knew (Patton) could step in for us."

Patton had 10 strikeouts in 10 innings last week in two wins over Chaminade. She also was 6-for-8 at the plate against the Silverswords.

"Hitting … I’m working on it," she said. "And I do like to pitch. But I came in as a first baseman."

The 21-year-old Patton is a biology major with thoughts of medical school. Her favorite classes this semester are psychology — "which has nothing to do with my major," she said — and organic chemistry.

"It’s hard, but I really like it," Patton said. "We’re learning about creating reactions in the lab. I don’t know what I’ll do with it, but I have watched CSI and said, ‘I know how to do that.’ "

Just like pitching. She didn’t expect that skill would come in handy during her collegiate career, but it definitely has as the nationally ranked Sea Warriors look to repeat.

 

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