By Mike Cherry - bio | email
PALO ALTO, CA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The No. 19/23 University of Hawaii softball team (46-13, 19-1 WAC) defeated No. 15/17 Stanford, 6-3, to advance to the NCAA Regional championship game(s) Sunday. The ‘Bows launched a pair of home runs by Melissa Gonzalez and Amanda Taualii, while Stephanie Ricketts (26-7) earned the win.
Ricketts fired her 27th complete game of the season in the win, giving up three runs on eight hits with no walks and one strike out in seven innings of work.
The ‘Bows jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Alex Aguirre came through with a clutch two-run double to the left-centerfield gap to drive in both Kelly Majam and Jessica Iwata.
Hawaii added three runs in the top of the second on two outs on a three-run home run by Gonzalez, her 24th home run of the season.
Amanda Taualii drilled her 18th home run of the year over the right field fence with two outs in the top of the third to push UH's lead to 6-0, extending UH's NCAA single-season home run record to 144 (10-past the previous record held by Arizona).
Hawaii moves on to tomorrow's Regional championship game(s) against the winner of tonight's final game. If the ‘Bows should lose the first game, a second game will be played immediately after the first game with the winner advancing to the Super Regionals.
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