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By Kaylee Noborikawa, staff writer

 

During occasional dry spells between rainstorms, HPU improved its record to 13-5 for the season and 2-0 in the PacWest Conference. On March 5, HPU split its first doubleheader in almost a month against Concordia University, playing at Kailua High School because HPU’s own field was too soggy, falling short 6-2 in the first game and prevailing 1-0 in the nightcap. Freshman pitcher Courtney Kessell obviously felt comfortable on her former high school field and struck out four batters, leaving the Eagles scoreless. Senior Jennifer Baron hit the game-winning RBI double that sent sophomore Kellie Nishikida to home plate.

On March 8, HPU dominated Martin Methodist University 8-0 and 4-1 at Kailua High School. The Lady Sea Warriors racked up 11 hits in the first game, with freshman Krystal Plunkett leading the way at 4-4 and scoring three runs and three RBIs. In the nightcap, Kessell continued to stand out on the mound as she struck out seven batters and allowed just two hits in four innings. Baron and junior Danielle Young both hit 2-3 in the second game.

The Lady Sea Warriors didn’t need television, on March 11, to prove that they were winners, as they swept their first conference game of the season against the Silverswords of Chaminade, again at Kailua High School. Sophomore Dayna Berry hit an RBI-double and Plunkett smashed two home runs in the opener, as HPU earned its 11th win with a score of 5-2. The Lady Sea Warriors continued their five-game winning streak, finishing the nightcap 3-1.

After their sweep of the Silverswords, the Lady Sea Warriors were eager to play against conference rival BYUH in their third scheduled appearance on OC-16, but the game was cancelled because of the weather.

On Mar. 16, HPU split a doubleheader with North Georgia College & State University at Kailua High School. In the opener, both teams racked up 29 hits, but HPU, after tying it up in the bottom of the seventh, couldn’t find home plate in the eighth inning, and North Georgia won 11-9. Kessell pitched her fourth shutout of the year in the nightcap, and Plunkett batted an RBI-double in the third inning to give the Lady Sea Warriors their 13th victory of the season.

The Lady Sea Warriors are scheduled to play four more doubleheaders at home before spring break when they head to California to face Cal State-San Bernardino and Cal State-Bakersfield and play in the CSU Stanislaus Tournament March 31 to April 2.

“ We’re excited to go to the mainland and get some games in,” said Kalakau. “It’s good to play different teams besides BYUH and Chaminade.”

 

 

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