IRVINE, Calif.—(Hawaii Athletics) University of Hawai'i senior pitcher Kaia Parnaby (Bilgola Plateau,
NSW, Australia/NBSC Freshwater Senior Campus) tallied three wins and two saves
to help No. 23/25 Hawai`i go 5-1 at the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise
Classic and earn her first Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week honors.
In six appearances, Parnaby allowed just 13 hits and three walks in 31.2 innings while striking out 39 as the Rainbow Wahine defeated Ole Miss twice, UAB and Saint Mary's while splitting with No. 16 Washington. She blanked opposing teams for her first 27.1 scoreless innings before giving up a pair of runs against Washington in her sixth appearance of the three-day tourney.
In her first three starts, she fired three complete-game shutouts. In the season opener, a 2-0 win against Ole Miss, the only hit she allowed was an infield single to third base. Parnaby finished the game with 11 strikeouts and faced just one batter over the minimum. Parnaby fanned the first six batters she faced and finished with eight strikeouts in a three-inning relief appearance against UAB later that night that netted her the save in a 7-2 triumph against UAB.
After tossing a five-hit shutout against Saint Mary's and picking up her second save of the tournament – another three-inning stint in a 5-2 win against Washington, Parnaby again flirted with a no-hitter in a rematch versus Ole Miss. She took the no-hitter into the sixth against the Rebels and ended up yielding just three hits in the 2-0 win.
Parnaby, who now has eight career saves, threw 31.2 of a possible 42 innings for UH during the week.
It is her fourth overall conference Pitcher of the Week honor--she earned the award three times while the Rainbow Wahine were members of the Western Athletic Conference.
Hawai'i hits the road this week to play in UNLV's Easton Desert Classic, Feb. 14-17 facing BYU, No. 19 UCLA, San Jose State, No. 5 Oregon, Utah Valley and Nevada.