OKLAHOMA CITY (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii may have lost the game, but this team is not defeated. In fact, the Wahine are upbeat.
"It was a good game. They are a good hitting team. And a well coached team. It was just a matter of we not making adjustments early enough and often enough to get runners on and play Hawaii softball. So credit to them-- their a good team and my players did a nice job on the field for us tonight" coach Bob Coolen said.
"Yeah we lost, so be it. We still got another game to come back tomorrow. We'll come back stronger, come back harder, we fight as a team. So we're gonna come back tomorrow, we're gonna do the best we can and I see ourselves in an fortunate situation being that we've already played these 2 teams and know what they are about, so I see it as an unfortunate situation" said pitcher Kaia Parnaby.
"The Bruins are on a mission. Today was just game two of the other tournament that we look forward to playing game three. We look forward to getting back out there" said UCLA head coach, Kelly Inouye-Perez.
The Wahine are also look forward to getting back out on the field. The Wahine will play either Washington or Arizona Saturday, at 3:30 Hawaii time. The Huskies and Wildcats will play one another earlier in the day and the winner will advance to play UH Wahine at 3:30 in the elimination game.
"They'll bounce back. They'll come back tomorrow night and put this behind them. We've played Arizona before and we've played Washington before fortunately this year. We know what they're all about and they know what we're all about. It will be a competition on whoever wins that game of familiar foes," Coolen said.
"It doesn't really matter who we face because we know we're a great hitting team and we all have confidence in ourselves. We're not looking for just one person to do it, we have confidence in our team and within ourselves to do the job. I believe we're gonna bounce back after this loss and put it behind us and come out strong," Wahine outfielder, Jenna Rodriguez said.
The wahine have come out resilient all season long. It seems they play some of their best softball when their backs are against the wall and that's where they stand right now. Beat Washington or Arizona Saturday and the dream lives on for Hawaii -- but lose to one of those schools Thursday and the wahine will be headed home.