Court Sense: Lower campus live blog March 9

Hawaii brought the block to bear against Pepperdine. / Photo by Brian McInnis

The onslaught continues. If anything, it’s ramped up on Saturday.

There’s the same trifecta of events going on at the Manoa lower campus — softball, baseball and men’s volleyball. But softball has a doubleheader today (Niagara and SIU-Edwardsville), baseball continues its four-game series against Oregon and volleyball hosts No. 6 Pepperdine to cap its three-day tournament.

The UH women’s basketball team already won a big game at CSUN and the men’s team is looking to close the regular season with a win at Cal State Fullerton. Live updates of all the above are below.


10:05 p.m.: That’s a wrap, folks. Hope you enjoyed the live blog, however much you tuned in for it.

10:05 p.m.: ‘Bows will look to split the series in a 1 p.m. game tomorrow.

10:00 p.m.: Tyler Best falls behind in the count and fouls out.

9:54 p.m.: Pouelsen fouls out. ‘Bows down to their last out.

9:52 p.m.: Ethan Lopez is intentionally walked. Logan Pouelsen now at the plate.

9:52 p.m.: Alex Baeza bunts Yamazaki over to second. ‘Bows have two outs to do something.

9:49 p.m.: UH trails by a run going into the bottom of the ninth. Maaki Yamazaki gets it started with a single to left.

9:32 p.m.: Not for too long, though. Daylen Calicdan hits a chopper to first that stays just fair and Murray is stranded at second.

9:29 p.m.: Tyler Murray gives UH some life.

9:28 p.m.: I made it! UH is in rally mode in the bottom of the eighth after the Ducks got a bases-clearing double in the top of the frame to go up 4-3.

9:14 p.m.: About to hustle over to UH baseball to see if I can catch the end of that tonight. But first, here’s more Rado.

8:53 p.m.: It’s all over at the SSC. UHMVB (15-0) sweeps its latest victim.

8:42 p.m.: Tyler Best scores on Daylen Calicgan’s sacrifice fly and it’s 3-1 UH over at LMS.

8:40 p.m.: Tie game, 17-all. ‘Bows gonna have to redouble their efforts to keep their set streak intact.

8:37 p.m.: Noted trickster Joe Worsley sneaks a dump shot past the Waves’ block and it’s 16-13. Pepperdine, though, has been impressive. Just a half-step behind on a few plays.

8:32 p.m.: Pepperdine wins a touch challenge and it’s narrowed to an 11-9 Rainbows lead in Set 3. Make that 12-9 on a Stijn van Tilburg slam. He’s got 12 kills on 19 swings.

8:22 p.m: Sojka then doubles to score Ramos, but that’s all she wrote as Heen flies out to left. Final from RWSS: SIUE 8, UH 5. UH drops to 14-6 on the season.

8:19 p.m.: Cheeks Ramos doubles in Tatumn Satow in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. Wahine not quite done yet, trailing 8-4.

8:12 p.m.: SIUE tacks on another run in the top of the seventh. UH has to make up four now in the bottom half. Meanwhile, at LMS, Oregon gets on the board in the top of the fifth. It’s 2-1 Rainbows.

8:09 p.m.: UH polishes off Set 2, 25-20.

8:01 p.m.: This really is a good crowd in the SSC. I’d say a good 5,500 to 6,000 in house. Who knows how many more if baseball weren’t going on (it sounds like there is a good crowd there, too).

7:55 p.m.: SIUE tacks on a run in the top of the sixth. 6-3 Cougars. Meanwhile, the Pepperdine Waves are staging a rally in the SSC, within 17-15 in Set 2.

7:50 p.m.: I’m set up in the SSC, where it appears to be a season high crowd despite the parking difficulties.

7:40 p.m.: Callee Heen fouls out to end the inning. Wahine have six outs with which to rally.

7:37 p.m.: Sojka draws a walk on what might’ve been the 10th pitch of the at-bat. UH has two on with two out.

7:35 p.m.: SIUE’s Emily Ingles is attempting to get out of the fifth inning with the Cougars’ 5-3 lead intact. She’s locked in a battle with Alyssa Sojka, who’s fouled off several in a row now.

7:32 p.m.: Colton Cowell closes the first set with his sixth kill on seven swings, 25-18.

7:29 p.m.: Jeremy Wu-Yelland has given up only a double through three innings over at LMS.

7:26 p.m.: UHMVB is asserting control early at the Sheriff, leading 18-11 and hitting .684.

7:22 p.m.: Reagan Curtis launches a two-run homer to straightaway center and that’s four unanswered runs by the Cougars, who lead 5-3 in the top of the fifth at RWSS. I’m pretty sure she flashed double shakas on her way around the bases.

7:14 p.m.: The UH parking structure lot is officially closed, per Billy Hull.

7:13 p.m.: Colton Cowell with the hot hand early as UH has opened up an 11-8 lead over Pepperdine in Set 1 in the SSC.

7:11 p.m.: Here’s the quick writeup of UH basketball spoiling CS Fullerton’s senior night.

7:09 p.m.: For live updates of UHMVB, check out Cindy Luis’ live blog here.

7:08 p.m.: If you’re just trickling into campus now, you might have to get creative with your parking.

7:06 p.m.: Rainbow Warriors are underway in the SSC. Meanwhile, SIUE has rallied to tie it at 3 in intermittent wind and rain at RWSS.

7:05 p.m.: UH men’s volleyball is about to get underway against No. 6 Pepperdine. The busy Saturday on lower campus is living up to its billing.

6:58 p.m.: Logan Pouelsen keeps it going. Single up the middle plates Baeza after Ethan Lopez moved him over with a single. 2-0 Rainbows.

6:53 p.m.: Alex Baeza singles in Daylen Calicdan to get the scoring started at LMS in the bottom of the first.

6:49 p.m.: “On the road we gotta be tough and tight together,” Stepteau tells ESPN3. On the free throw consecutive record, he said, “Just take my time up there and knock it down. That’s what I try to do every time.”

6:46 p.m.: Rainbow Warrior basketball team about to join the Rainbow Wahine hoops squad in spoiling a senior night tonight.

6:45 p.m.: Nicole Lopez launches a homer to left field, giving the Wahine a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third.

6:42 p.m.: They’re underway at Les Murakami Stadium. Jeremy Wu-Yelland on the mound tonight. He gets through the first inning untouched. Those ‘Bows could use a win fresh off the news that Adam Fogel is likely out for the season with a shoulder injury.

6:41 p.m.: Stepteau ties, then breaks, Zane Johnson’s consecutive free throws made record. Brocke has 30 in a row. Good for him. ‘Bows lead by nine with 1:30 to play at Titan Gym.

6:31 p.m.: Stepteau with a vintage floater and the Titans call timeout trailing UH 61-52 with 4:36 to play.

6:24 p.m.: ‘Bows had a double-digit road lead a moment ago, but the Titans have cut that in half. Under 10 minutes to play there. Meanwhile, back here, UH baseball gets started in about 10 minutes.

6:07 p.m.: Up at Titan Gym, Brocke Stepteau has it going. ESPN3 broadcast points out that Stepteau has 28 straight free throws spanning several games. I didn’t realize that. One more and he’ll tie Zane Johnson for the program’s consecutive FTs record. ‘Bows lead 44-39.

6:06 p.m.: An errant throw home and SIUE scores in the top of the first. Lots of fans here to cheer on the local Cougars.

6:05 p.m.: The Cougars have three local players on their roster (Alana Cobb-Adams, Kalei Kaneshiro and Sammie Ofoia). All three are in the starting lineup.

6:01 p.m.: Brittany Hitchcock, who struck out 15 Purple Eagles yesterday, is getting warmed up in the circle to take on SIUE. Game starting right now.

5:44 p.m.: Drew Buggs just sank a one-legged running 3 at the halftime buzzer at Titan Gym. Big shot. That brings UH within 34-33 at intermission.

5:41 p.m.: Rainbow Wahine finish off Niagara, 3-0, behind Izzy Dino’s one-hitter. Callee Heen 2-for-3 with a HR and drove in all three Wahine runs. Dino with one strikeout and two walks.

5:35 pm.: Kyle Allman is heating up at Titan Gym. He crosses up his defender into a 3-point shot. He’s got eight and the Titans lead 29-22 late in the first half.

5:23 p.m.: Niagara’s Kendall Watkins doubles in the sixth inning and the Purple Eagles get runners on second and third but Dino gets out of the inning unscathed.

5:18 p.m.: Samuta Avea muscles up for a three-point play and the ‘Bows have knotted it at 10.

5:16 p.m.: Izzy Dino is working into the sixth inning without giving up a hit, UH still leading 3-0 in the first game of this doubleheader.

5:15 p.m.: If you haven’t heard by now, Eddie Stansberry and Dawson Carper are sitting out at CSF with “medical issues.” Doesn’t really make sense to play guys who aren’t totally healthy with no tangible stakes.

5:07 p.m.: It’s a quick 7-0 lead for the Titans at Titan Gym.

5:04 p.m.: Through four innings, UH softball leads Niagara 3-0. Freshman pitcher Izzy Dino, who got shelled two days ago against Cal, hasn’t yet given up a hit. Brittnee Rossi just had a home run robbed by the Niagara center fielder. As you can see below, Callee Heen has launched one out.

5:00 p.m.: UH basketball about to get underway at Cal State Fullerton, locked into the No. 4 seed to play No. 5 Long Beach State in the Big West tournament. But it’s always better to go into it with a win. You can watch the ESPN3 live stream here (with login).

4:55 p.m.: Check out the quick rewrite of the UH women’s basketball 69-68 win at Cal State Northridge to lock up the No. 2 seed and a double bye in the Big West tournament. That was huge.

Cheeks Ramos went to bat against Niagara on Saturday. Behind her, Callee Heen was on deck (and swatted a home run when she came up). / Photo by Brian McInnis