TUCSON, Ariz. (HawaiiNewsNow) —The No. 13 University of Hawai`i softball team (44-9, 17-3 WAC) fell to North Dakota State, 9-7, eliminating the Bows from the NCAA Regional.
Following the ejection of Head Coach Bob Coolen in the 2nd inning, the Wahine took a 4-1 win in the third after back-to-back home runs by Kayla Wartner and Sarah Robinson.
The Bison answered back to take a 5-4 lead (one of three lead changes on the night) with a two-out rally to score four in the bottom of the third. UH starter Kaia Parnaby was replaced in the bottom of the third after giving up 4-runs in the frame, Stephanie Ricketts, who started Friday's game against Notre Dame, came on in relief and recorded the last out on a come-backer to end the inning.
UH see-sawed back into the lead in the top of the fourth, on Wartner's second two-run home run of the game. This homer was a line-shot that was just over the fence in rightfield and drove in Buchanan who had walked earlier in the inning.
North Dakota then tied the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the frame on a solo home run to left.
Hawai`i countered in the fifth, posting one run on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Jocelyn Enrique that drove in Aguirre who had singled earlier in the inning to take a 7-6 lead.
But in the bottom of the fifth the Bison scored two runs on a fielding error and a fielder's choice to take the lead for good. NDSU then padded their lead with another solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.
The Rainbow Wahine finished the season with four-straight losses—the longest losing streak of the season. The 'Bows are now 1-6 all time in Regional games played in Tucson. In 1998, UH went 1-2 and in 2001 the 'Bows were 0-2.