DENVER – University of Hawai'i softball players Makani Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu and Kaia Parnaby have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for April 9-15. This is the first honor of the season and second of her career for Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu and the first honor of the season and fourth of her career for Parnaby.
Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu, a senior first baseman from Mililani, O'ahu, hit .875 with a double, two home runs and eight RBI to help Hawai'i regain first place in the WAC standings with three decisive wins over Louisiana Tech. She was 7-for-8 with a 1.750 slugging percentage and .875 on-base percentage while not making an error in 16 innings at first base. In the first game, Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run. She followed by going 5-for-5 in Saturday's doubleheader. In the opener, she was 3-for-3 with a career-high four RBI on a pair of two-run singles en route to a 9-1 win in five innings. Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu capped the series with a 2-for-2 effort with a two-run blast that sailed over the outfield netting and bounded into the tennis courts. Overall, Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu raised her average to .318 (28-for-88) with four doubles, six home runs and 19 RBI this season. In WAC action, Duhyalonsod-Kaleimamahu leads UH with a .400 average and 11 RBI.
Parnaby, a junior from Bilgola Plateau, New South Wales, Australia, posted a 0.00 ERA in one appearance last week. In the series finale against Louisiana Tech, she threw a one-hit shutout, striking out seven over five innings. Parnaby gave up just one hit to the leadoff batter of the game then did not give up another hit all game. It marked her seventh shutout of the year and improved her record to 13-2 on the season. Overall, Parnaby has a 1.14 ERA with 18 walks to 97 strike outs in 92.1 innings of work. She has held opponents to a .176 batting average.
Hawai'i makes its third roadtrip of the year this week to Reno, Nev. to face Nevada in a three-game WAC series. The Wolf Pack are 16-28 overall and 6-6 in conference. Last week Nevada rallied to win two-of-three games at New Mexico State. The two teams will square off in a single game on Friday, April 20 at 3:00 p.m. with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 3:00 p.m. All three games will be played at the Christina M. Hixson Softball Park.
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