LAIE, Hawaii -- Three days of Hawaiian relaxation may have got the best of the Cougars, but they got a wake-up call in time to remind them that went to the islands to play softball and mustered enough energy to produce a split in the first 3 doubleheaders this week.
BYU-Hawaii beat Azusa Pacific, 3-0, to come up with its first victory in 5 games this season before the Cougars lowered the hammer in the nightcap with an 8-0 thumping.
Junior shortstop Leslie-Anne Picone went 3-for-6 on the day with a double and an RBI, while junior third baseman Olivia Wilcox collected 3 hits of her own, including a pair of doubles, to lead a Cougar attack that produced 16 hits on the day.
In the opening game the Cougars had a hit in every inning but one, and twice put runners at third base, but they couldn’t punch across a run against freshman Gabrielle Hawkins, who scattered 7 hits and struck out 7, including pinch hitter Rachel Miller for the game’s final out with runners at first and third.
In the other dugout, Cougar hurler Taryn Devich cruised through the first 4 innings, retiring 12 in a row and taking a perfect game into the fifth inning. However, Noelle Lake greeted Devich with a double to right-center to start the fifth and later scored on Athena Salinas’ 1-out single through the left side. The Seasiders added 3 more hits and 2 more runs to put away the Cougars.
In the second game, the Cougars exploded for 6 runs in the last 2 innings, led by Wilcox’s double in the sixth and another in the seventh. She scored in the sixth and knocked in another run in the Cougars’ 4-run seventh.
Azusa Pacific got on the board in the third inning, parlaying 3 hits and a pair of walks into 2 runs. Senior Becca Weisser’s 2-out double down the leftfield line scored Kayla Anderson and Lindsay Clark.
That was more than enough for sophomore pitcher Mariah Worley, who 2-hit the Seasiders over 5 innings of work, striking out 4 to pick up her second win of the season and run her streak without allowing an earned run to 14.1 innings.
BYU-Hawaii moves to 1-5 on the season while the split keeps the Cougars’ record even at 4-4. Azusa Pacific continues Thursday (Feb. 10) with a doubleheader at Chaminade University.