March 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM HST - Updated June 26 at 12:39 PM
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) —The No. 19 University of Hawai`i softball team swept Robert Morris and Southern Illinois on Sunday to go undefeated in the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament. UH extended its record win streak start to 21-0. The 'Bows defeated Robert Morris in five innings, 9-0 and blanked Marist 4-0 at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
No. 19 Hawai`i 9, Robert Morris 0 Box Score
Hawai`i opened its first game by batting around the order and posting eight runs in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Kelly Majam reached first after an illegal pitch on a full count forced a base on balls and negated a fly out. Kayla Wartner then hit into a fielder's choice that erased Majam at second. Sarah Robinson drew a walk to move Wartner into scoring position for Jessica Iwata, who followed with an RBI single to the right-center gap to drive in Wartner and move Robinson to third. With runners at the corners, UH then executed a double steal to plate UH's second run. On the play, Iwata hustled to third on the return throw home that attempted to cut down Robinson. Iwata later scored UH's third run on an illegal pitch. Alex Aguirre then got plunked, and after a fly-out out to center, Leisha Li'ili'i drilled a two-out, two-run home run to straight-away centerfield. Makani Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu kept the inning going by looping a single to center. Both Dara Pagaduan and Majam followed with walks to load the bases for Wartner who pulled a single through the rightside of the infield to score both Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu and Pagaduan. Robinson then laced a double to right to raise UH's lead to 8-0 with Majam crossing the plate.
The 'Bows added their final run in the second inning on a solo home run by Sharla Kliebenstein to centerfield, increasing their lead to 9-0.
Stephanie Ricketts earned her 12th complete game win, tossing her sixth shut-out of the season. It marked her 29th shut-out of her career which moves her alone into second place in UH career shut-outs passing former UH pitcher Kym Weil (1991, 93-95). She spaced two hits with two walks and six strike outs.
The Colonials' Geena Badolato (1-5) suffered the loss, giving up nine runs on six hits with four walks. Nicole Sleith closed the game, throwing the final 2.2 innings. She did not give up a hit or a run with a walk and five strike outs.
No. 19 Hawai`i 4, Marist 0 Box Score
Hawai`i closed out their third home tournament with a 4-0 win over Marist. UH's offense was powered by three home runs that accounted for all of its run production, while Kaia Parnaby tossed her ninth complete game win of the season.
The score was knotted at 0-0 through the first two innings, until the bottom of the third, when Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu launched a solo home run over the leftfield netting on top of the batting cages in leftfield. It was her third home run of the season, 13th of her career, and first one at home this year. The homer gave UH a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, UH got some breathing room when Li`ili`i hit her second home run of the day—this one a blast to centerfield that gave UH a 2-0 lead.
The 'Bows then doubled their score to 4-0 in the sixth inning on a two-run bomb to center by Iwata. The home run drove in pinch runner Jazmine Zamora came in for Robinson after she singled earlier in the inning.
Parnaby (9-0) threw 7.0 innings, scattering four hits with no walks and nine strike outs. Marist's Melanie White (1-3) took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits with a walk and two strike outs.
The Rainbow Wahine won the rain-shortened Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament, with a perfect 4-0 record. Hawai`i is now 15-0 at home; 5-0 at neutrall sites and 1-0 in away games. For the tournament, Li`ili`i led the 'Bows at the plate, hitting .556 in four games. she went 5-for-9 with a double and three home runs with five RBI. Iwata was right behind Li`ili`i with a .545 average (6-for-11) with a team high eight RBI.
The 'Bows conclude their early non-conference schedule with the Chevron Spring Fling Tournament, beginning on Tuesday, March 13-Saturday, March 17. It will be a highly competitve tourney with No. 1/2 California, No. 6/6 Texas, No. 21/21 Texas A&M, Marist and Winthrop coming to town.