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Rainbow Wahine Win Record 19th in a Row

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) —The No. 19 University of Hawai`i softball team (19-0) played through monsoon-like conditions to sweep their doubleheader on the first day of the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament. UH defeated Southern Illinois, 7-1 in their tourney opener and came back to shut out Radford, 4-0 in the nightcap. The 'Bows tied and then broke the school's all-time win-streak record on Saturday night, notching their 18th and 19th straight victories of the year at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
 
No. 19 Hawai`i 7 (18-0), Southern Illinois 1 (11-6)

On an extremely blustery night, the Rainbow Wahine pulled away from the Salukis with a 7-1 win. The win tied UH's all-time best win streak of 18 from 2010. Stephanie Ricketts fired her 11th complete-game win of the season while striking out a season-high 12 batters. She scattered four hits and walked three in the outing.
 
The 'Bows jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning. After a pop-up, Kayla Wartner was hit by a pitch and Sarah Robinson followed with a single to centerfield. Both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Then Jessica Iwata then cleared the bases with a double to rightfield. Iwata moved to third on the throw home and then she scored later on a wild pitch. Sharla Kliebenstein kept the inning going with a walk. She stole second and then was driven home on a Leisha Li`ili`i single to centerfield to give UH a 4-0 lead.
 
The Saluki's rallied in the top of the third inning posting one run when Ricketts pluncked Allie VadeBoncouer with the bases loaded to force Kalyn Harker across the plate.
 
Hawai`i then increased their lead to 7-1 on back-to-back home runs by Kliebenstein and Li`ili`i. Kliebenstein's blast was a two-run homer to right-centerfield. It was her fourth home run of the season and her 17th of her career. Li`ili`i's bomb was a solo shot that sailed over the leftfield fence. It was her fourth homer of the year as well.
 
Southern Illinois' Brittney Lang (2-3) suffered the loss, throwing 6.0 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits with two walks and two strike outs.
 
No. 19 Hawai`i 4 (19-0), Radford 0 (7-7)

The Rainbow Wahine blanked the Highlanders, 4-0 in the final game of the day. The win was UH's 19th-straight win of the season to set a new school win-streak record. Kaia Parnaby earned her eighth complete game victory with her fourth shut out of the season. She spaced three hits with a walk and three strike outs.
 
In the top of the first inning, Parnaby beaned two batters and a wild pitch pushed both runners into scoring position with just one out. But UH was able to thwart the rally with two ground outs to third.
 
Hawai`i went up, 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Kelly Majam drew a lead-off walk and went to second on a passed ball before being driven in by Iwata with an RBI single up the middle.
 
UH then doubled their score in the fourth on a solo home run by Kliebenstein. It was her team-leading fifth of the season. In the fifth, the 'Bows again doubled their runs with a two-run line-shot homer to left by Iwata to push UH's lead to 4-0.

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