Court Sense: Lower campus live blog March 15

The Hawaii bench celebrated a point in the second set against Cal State Northridge. / Photo by Steven Erler, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Another crazy weekend ramps up tonight at the Manoa lower campus. There’s softball against No. 4 Alabama (6 p.m.), baseball against Cal State Bakersfield (6:35 p.m.), and the No. 2 UH men’s volleyball team taking on Cal State Northridge in Big West action (7 p.m.).

Check out Jason Kaneshiro’s day-by-day guide here if you’re still trying to figure out what’s what.

I’m here to help you keep track of the madness. (And also to tell you if the lower campus parking structure fills up again; I can see it from softball as I write this.)


9:36 p.m.: Here’s Billy’s breaking writeup of UH baseball’s defeat tonight.

9:32 p.m.: Here’s Cindy Luis’ breaking story on UH volleyball’s sweep of CSUN to move to 16-0.

9:31 p.m.: Best goes down swinging and UH falls in Game 2 of this series, 8-4. ‘Bows move to 9-9 on the season.

9:24 p.m.: Jacob Sniffen hits into a double play, and UH is down to its final out. It’s Tyler Best.

9:22 p.m.: Here’s a Warrior World video interview with UH setter Joe Worsley after the sweep of CSUN.

9:21 p.m.: UH makes its job considerably harder. CSUB comes back and scored two unearned runs in the top of the ninth and it’s 8-4.

9:08 p.m.: Made it over to LMS press box in time, now seated next to my buddy Billy Hull. UH has worked some of its late-inning magic but has left itself some work to do in the bottom of the ninth.

8:51 p.m.: Over at Les Murakami Stadium, UH trails by four runs in the bottom of the eighth … which means they’ve got CSUB right where they want them.

8:43 p.m.: UH’s set streak reaches 48, as they dispatch CSUN in the third with ease, 25-17.

8:31 p.m.: SVT sets up Parapunov perfectly for a kill. It’s 15-11 and the crowd is eating it up.

8:23 p.m.: After an extended rally, Cowell explodes from the back row to spike it down the middle. This set has been tight, though.

8:16 p.m.: Third set underway in the SSC. ‘Bows looking to send the folks home with tacos.

8:12 p.m.: Missed this earlier, but the UH men’s tennis team defeated Oral Roberts 6-1 in a dual match at the UH courts today.

8:07 p.m.: There were some ridiculous sequences in that second set … and it’s on to the third. Forty-seven sets in a row.

8:01 p.m.: ‘Bows operating at an exceptionally high level in this second set. My goodness. SVT dig-sets up Rado Parapunov perfectly from the back row and Rado obliges with the punisher.

7:53 p.m.: CSU Bakersfield has blown it open over at Les Murakami Stadium. Can the baseball ‘Bows pull off another late-inning comeback?

7:51 p.m.: Colton Cowell with a man-sized solo block and it’s 14-10 ‘Bows in Set 2. That was impressive.

Hawaii vs. CSUN on Friday night. / Photo by Brian McInnis

7:40 p.m.: That baseball game over at LMS is moving tonight. It’s still 1-1 in the top of the fifth.

7:39 p.m.: Arrived just in time to see the ‘Bows survive a Set 1 threat from the Matadors. They used a late 5-1 run to put themselves in position to take it.

7:38 p.m.: Sorry for the delay, had to hustle over to the SSC. The Tide made quick work of UH in the bottom of the fifth. UH dropped to 18-8 this season. The teams will meet again tomorrow.

7:22 p.m.: It’s 9-0 Tide heading to the bottom of the fifth. UH looking to extend this game.

7:21 p.m.: Parking, if you’re wondering, still looks available in the structure.

7:19 p.m.: CSUN maintaining its one- or two-point advantage in the first set. Actually, now it’s 17-14 Matadors. Will UH’s NCAA-record set streak come to an end?

7:13 p.m.: Before you knew it, ‘Bama scored twice in the top of the fifth with still no outs leading 8-0. Ashley Murphy comes on to pitch, relieving Klee. If UH gets nothing in the bottom half, this game is over.

7:12 p.m.: At the SSC, Stijn van Tilburg doing SVT things, but CSUN is proving a game opponent tonight. They’ve led most of the way to their current 11-9.

7:10 p.m.: Over at LMS, Ethan Lopez grounds out but scores Alex Baeza in the bottom of the second and it’s 1-1.

7:08 p.m.: Welp, golden chance for the Rainbow Wahine goes for naught. Heather Cameron fouls off a couple of tough Fouts pitches but ultimately succumbs with a 1-2 count. She strikes out swinging and ‘Bama will look to put this game away with a couple of runs in the top of the fifth to end it mercy style in five.

7:04 p.m.: UH men’s volleyball is underway against CSUN.

7:02 p.m.: Here was some video from Wahine basketball assistant coach Courtney Locke from the Honda Center earlier today.

7:01 p.m.: Wahine putting together a little something something in the bottom of the fourth. Sissy Pantastico with a bloop infield single and everyone is safe, bases loaded with two outs. But meanwhile, Bakersfield is on the board first at LMS, 1-0

6:55 p.m.: Klee does a good job getting out of the top of the fourth giving up just a one-out walk.

6:48 p.m.: Nicole Lopez, who came into this game hitting .429, struck out for the second time in two at-bats against Fouts. 6-0 Tide heading to the fourth.

6:43 p.m.: UH relief pitcher Emily Klee came on for Dino in that inning and got the final two outs, but not before the Tide scored five times.

6:38 p.m.: It’s getting away from the Wahine pretty fast. It’s now 6-0 Tide after home runs by Bailey Hemphill (solo to center) and Merris Schroder (a two-run shot to right).

6:33 p.m.: UH baseball about to toss out first pitch against Cal State Bakersfield looking to make it 2-0 in that series. Jeremy Wu-Yelland is on the mound tonight. You can follow Billy Hull (@billyhull) on Twitter for quicker updates than I can supply here, although I’ll toss in some stuff from across the street until I can get over there later tonight.

6:30 p.m.: Speedy Elissa Brown gets on for a single, then quickly steals second and third. Leadoff hitter Kaylee Tow comes up and hits a tow-ering shot to left-center, and it’s 3-0 tide in the top of the third.

6:18 p.m.: Callee Heen opens the bottom of the second inning with a single up the middle on a pretty aggressive first-pitch swing. That’s the first hit off of Fouts tonight. Alyssa Sojka follows with a bunt and Heen is safe at second on a late fielder’s choice throw. UH in position to do something here with runners on first and second and no outs.

6:12 p.m.: Alabama’s No. 7 hitter, Maddie Morgan, just crushed one to straightaway center on a full count and two outs. 1-0 Tide top second.

6:05 p.m.: Leadoff hitter Brittnee Rossi strikes out looking after being ahead 3-0 on Fouts. That was Fouts’ 90th strikeout against 10 walks this season. Err … make it 91 Ks. Nicole Lopez just struck out on three pitches.

6:02 p.m.: Tide pitcher Montana Fouts takes to the circle. She’s 10-0 with a 0.81 ERA this season. For reference, Dino is 7-3 with a 2.49 ERA.

6:01 p.m.: Dino gives up a single down the left-field line but otherwise is pretty sharp in the first inning. That’s all she gives up to the Tide.

6:00 p.m.: The Alabama softball radio team to my right just ran down the list of events happening, or about to happen around them on the Manoa campus. “Busy day in Honolulu,” they note.

5:54 p.m.: Freshman Izzy Dino gets the nod from coach Bob Coolen to start against the Crimson Tide. She opens the game by inducing a 4-3 groundout.

5:48 p.m.: The Rainbow Wahine softball team (18-7) is about to take on No. 4 Alabama (29-0), the only undefeated ranked team in the country, at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

Alabama fans made the long journey from Tuscaloosa and descended on Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium for this week’s games. / Photo by Brian McInnis

5:45 p.m.: Still smarting from the Rainbow Warrior basketball team’s fall-from-ahead loss to Long Beach State in Thursday’s Big West tournament opener? Well, the Rainbow Wahine hoops squad might’ve taken a little bit of the sting off with their 66-58 win over UC Riverside in the women’s Big West semis earlier today.


  1. H-Man March 16, 2019 6:27 am

    In addition to Alabama (softball), there’s USC (water polo), and Nebraska (beach volleyball) happening at lower campus for Wahine sports. Cannot forget Wahine basketball playing UC Davis for the Big West title. Forgot, beach vb also plays Cal and Wahine Track and Field in action. What a weekend for Wahine sports.

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