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PLU Finishes Hawaii Trip With Twinbill Split

Introductions in the rain

LAIE, Hawaii - Kaaren Hatlen pitched a shutout in the opener, but Pacific Lutheran gave up the winning run in the ninth inning of the second game Monday as the Lutes split a non-conference softball doubleheader with the BYU-Hawaii Seasiders.

PLU won the first game 8-0 in five innings before losing 5-4 in nine innings.

With the split, PLU finishes its season-opening tour of the Islands with a 2-4 overall record. BYU-Hawaii is now 1-1 for the season.

In three of its losses, one each to Chaminade, Hawaii Pacific and BYU-Hawaii, Pacific Lutheran gave up the winning run in the home team's last at bat.

1st Game - PLU 8, BYU-Hawaii 0

Hatlen was dominating for the Lutes, throwing the five-inning shutout while allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out one batter.

PLU scored seven runs in the first inning on five hits, three walks, three wild pitches and a passed ball. Lindsey Matsunaga, playing in her home state, hit a two-run single and Montessa Califano later added a two-run double to highlight the inning. The eventual game-winning run came in the top of the fifth inning and again had a Hawaiian flavor to it. Hawaii native Kylee Oshiro walked, advanced to third on a Matsunaga double, and then scored on Ami Gran's sacrifice fly.

Matsunaga paced PLU's seven-hit offense with a pair of safeties.

2nd Game - BYU-Hawaii 5, PLU 4

A two-out walk followed by a double brought in the winning run for the Seasiders.

The Lutes trailed 3-2 entering the top of the seventh inning and were down to their final out before rallying to take the lead. A one-out walk, followed by Stacey Hagensen's two-out single, but a pair of runners on base for Hatlen. The junior hit a double to left-centerfield to put PLU on top, 4-3. The Seasiders rallied to tie it in the bottom of the inning to send the game to extra frames before inning it in the ninth.

Hatlen drove in PLU's other runs with a single in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the third.

Pacific Lutheran managed just five hits in the game, including two each by Hatlen and Amanda Goings.

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