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)