HONOLULU, Hawai‘i -- Taryn Devich struck out 11 in a three-hit complete-game shutout in the opener, and Azusa Pacific tied its season scoring high in the second game to post a 2-0, 10-2 Pacific West Conference softball doubleheader sweep over BYU-Hawaii Thursday in Honolulu. The sweep gave the Cougars three consecutive wins to close out its week-long Hawaiian road trip, which began with five straight defeats.
Of the three hits Devich allowed, only one left the infield. She struck out two batters in the first, third, and fifth innings before she finished the game by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh. Devich retired 11 of the final 12 batters she faced to notch her second complete-game shutout of the season while setting her career-high in strikeouts.
Five of the Cougars’ eight hits came from Angie Sprague and Katrina Oviedo at the top of the lineup. The first run came in the third inning, after Jessica Melcher led off with a double and scored on a wild throw from Sprague’s sacrifice bunt attempt. Azusa Pacific got an insurance run in the seventh when Sprague and Oviedo led off the frame with back-to-back singles followed by a successful squeeze bunt by Madison Hernandez to score Sprague from third base.
In the second game, every Cougar starter either scored or drove in a run as the offense collected 10 hits and took advantage of seven BYU-Hawaii errors for the six-inning mercy-rule win. Azusa Pacific tied its season-high in runs, scoring 10 for the third time this year. Meanwhile, Mariah Worley surrendered two runs on four hits for the complete-game win. She struck out three and retired 10 of the final 11 Seasiders to close out the win.
Sprague started things off in the first inning with an infield single, taking an extra base on an errant throw by the shortstop before stealing third and eventually scoring on an Oviedo groundout. BYU-Hawaii countered with a run in the bottom of the first, but the Cougars added three more in the second inning to take a 4-1 lead.
After BYU-Hawaii cut the lead by one with a run in the third inning, Azusa Pacific posted a four-run fifth and a two-run sixth to provide the final eight-run winning margin for the mercy-rule win. Hernandez led off the fifth with a double, which was followed by Brandi Andrews’ two-run home run. In the sixth, Hernandez and Andrews opened up the frame again with consecutive base hits, and both eventually scored to push the margin to eight runs and tie the team’s season scoring high with 10 runs.
Hernandez, Andrews, and Rachel Miller collected two hits each, and Adrianna Martinez went one-for-two with an RBI in her first start of the season.
With the sweep, Azusa Pacific improves to 17-13 overall and evens up its Pacific West Conference record at 9-9. BYU-Hawaii falls to 5-27 overall and 2-14 in PacWest play. The Cougars return to action next Thursday, April 4, with a non-conference matchup against Mt. St. Vincent, before taking on five non-conference foes April 5-6 at the Tournament of Champions hosted by Cal State Stanislaus.