Two Vulcan shortstops, Kiarra Lincoln and Casey Yamauchi, with local ties are this week’s winners of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Pepsi Athletes of the Week award.
Lincoln had four solid games in helping lead the Vulcans through the PacWest AQ Pod Series and into the NCAA Division II West Region Championships this week in Irvine, Calif. At the Pod Series, the former Waiākea High School standout went 6-for-14 with two runs scored, two doubles, a home run and three RBI. In the 4-0 win over the Dominican University Penguins, she went 2-for-3 with an RBI as the Vulcans improved to 17-11 to secure their postseason berth. On the season, the three-time All-PacWest selection is batting .367 with a team-best 25 runs scored, 12 doubles and 14 RBI.
Yamauchi played another key role in helping the Vulcans clinch the Hawaiʻi Pod title against Hawaiʻi Pacific University. The Vulcans dropped the first game to the Sharks but bounced back to win on Saturday, May 15, to secure their trip to southern California for this week’s PacWest AQ Pod Series at Azusa Pacific. The former Waiākea High School standout went 3-for-8 in the two games, scoring three times, stealing a pair of bases and hitting a double. In Saturday’s 6-4 win, he reached base three times with a pair of walks and a double. On the season, Yamauchi is hitting .362 and leads the Vulcans in runs scored (17), doubles (7), RBI (17) and stolen bases (12).