HONOLULU— (HawaiiNewsNow - Courtesy: UH Athletics) The No. 17 University of Hawai`i softball team (26-3, 2-1 WAC) split Saturday's doubleheader but captured the series over San Jose State, falling 4-2 in the first game but bouncing back to win 8-0 in a mercy rule, six inning game. Kelly Majam hit her 45th home run to break the UH career record and Stephanie Ricketts fired her fifth career no-hitter in UH's win over the Spartans.
San Jose State 4, Hawai`i 2
The Spartans threatened to score in the top of the second, loading the bases after a walk and then two consecutive singles with two outs. But Parnaby got a swinging strike out to thwart the rally.
Hawai`i scored first in the bottom of the third. Dara Pagaduan reached first after getting hit by a pitch and later Sarah Robinson launched a two-run home run to centerfield. It was her fourth home run of the season and sixth of her career.
In the top of the sixth, the Spartans leap-frogged the 'Bows on a three-run blast to leftfield by Breanna Lopez that drove in Markesha Collins and Vanessa House.
Kaia Parnaby sufferered her first loss of the season, dropping her record to 10-1. She gave up four runs on six hits with two walks and three strike outs in a complete game effort.
SJSU's Amanda Pridmore earned the win to raise her record to 9-6 with her second complete game of the series. She gave up two runs on two hits with three walks and 10 strike outs.
Hawai`i 8, San Jose State 0 (6 innings)
The Rainbow Wahine bounced back after dropping the first game of the day to defeat San Jose State (17-18, 1-2 WAC), 8-0 in six innings. Ricketts fired a complete-game, no-hit shut-out with three walks and five strike outs. No Spartan runner advanced past second base. Ricketts raised her record to 16-2 overall and 2-0 in WAC action. It was the second no-hitter for Hawai`i this season as Kaia Parnaby fired one last week against Marist.
Majam, who went 3-for-3 in the game, broke the UH career home record with a solo blast to centerfield in the second inning. It marked her sixth homer of the season for the lefty. Majam broke the school record previously held by former UH All-American Kate Robinson set in 2008.
Hawai`i got off to a quick start in the first inning. Majam led off the home half of the first inning with a single back off the pitcher and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kayla Wartner, but on the play Wartner was safe because the second baseman couldn't find the back on the force out. After a strike out, Jessica Iwata hit a one-hopper to the second baseman that she mishandled for an error that loaded the bases. Leisha Li`ili`i then looped a single into shallow left-centerfield to drive in Majam and Alex Aguirre followed with a sacrifice fly hit to right to score pinch-runner Tara Anguiano from third.
Majam then increased UH's lead to 3-0 with her record home run in the second and the 'Bows erupted for four runs in the bottom of the third. Iwata led off the inning with a single through the leftside of the infield. After a strike out, Aguirre was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. After a fly out to center, pinch hitter Jocelyn Enrique hit a single to leftfield to score Iwata from second and then Dara Pagaduan cleared the bases with a double to the left-centerfield alley. San Jose State starter, Pridmore, was then lifted for Jennifer Ames. Majam continued the hit parade by drilling a double down the rightfield line into the corner to score Pagaduan from second to raise their lead to 7-0 after three complete innings.
SJSU's Ames then retired seven batters in a row until the bottom of the sixth. Pagaduan hit a sharp single through the leftside of the infield to start the inning. Kelly Majam then drew a walk. A ground out to first moved both runners into scoring position for Robinson who then ended the game with a hit to the leftcenterfield gap to score Pagaduan and end the game, 8-0 in six innings.
San Jose State's Pridmore (9-7) suffered the loss in her third start of the series. She gave up seven runs on six hits with four strike outs and no walks. Ames threw the final 2.2 innings giving up one run on three hits with a walk and a strike out.
No. 17 Hawai`i now hits the road for their second roadtrip of the season. They'll play a three-game WAC series at New Mexico State on Friday, March 30 with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 31. The team will then head for single games at Utah on Tuesday, April 3 and Utah Valley State on Wednesday, April 4 before heading to Provo, Utah to battle BYU to end the roadtrip. UH will play a single game on Friday, April 6 and doubleheader on Saturday, April 7.
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