HENDERSON, Nev.—(Hawaii Athletics) The No. 20/23 University of Hawai'i softball team launched a school-record seven home runs en route to a 22-3 win over San Jose State on the second day of the Easton Desert Classic. Kaia Parnaby earned her fourth complete-game win of the season while Kayla Wartner and Sharla Kliebenstein both had two home runs apiece and Kelly Majam, Jazmine Zamora, and Tara Anguiano all belted one each. Kliebenstein also tied the school record driving in eight RBI in a single game.
The game started with the Spartans erupting for three runs in the top of the first inning. Markesha Collins led the game off with a home run and later Devin Caldwell came through with a bases loaded a single to drive in two runs, giving SJSU an early 3-0 lead.
But in the bottom of the first, UH answered right back. With one out in the inning, Wartner whacked her first home run of the season to the opposite field over the leftfield fence. After a fly out to center, Jessica Iwata hit a hard grounder to short and reached first on a fielding error. Leisha Li'ili'i was then plunked to put runners at first and second for Kliebenstein who powered her first homer of the season to leftfield, giving UH a 4-3 lead after one complete inning.
In the second, the 'Bows added six more runs to go up 10-3. Alyssa Villalpando and Brynne Buchanan both got hits to start the inning. SJSU starter Madison Fish was then lifted for Spartan reliever Jordan Sauceda. Majam then hit a 3-run home run to rightfield. It marked Majam's first homer of the season and her 55th of her career. Hawai`i then loaded the bases for Kliebenstein who drilled a double to score Wartner and Carlos from second and third. Kliebenstein later scored on a sacrifice fly to right for the sixth run of the inning.
Hawai`i batted around the order in the third, scoring 11 runs in the frame. Majam led the inning off with a single to center and scored on the following play when Wartner pulled a triple down the rightfield line. Wartner scored on a sacrifice fly by Keiki Carlos. Jessica Iwata got things going again with a single to left then Li`ili`i walked. Kliebenstein then hit her second homer of the game to centerfield to drive in her sixth, seventh and eighth RBI of the game to tie Jessica Iwata for the school record originally set at Boise State in 2010. Jazmine Zamora kept the ball rolling with a double to rightfield and moved to third on a ground out off of Fish who re-entered the game for Sauceda. Zamora then scored on an RBI single by Buchanan. Majam then was walked and Wartner hit her second three-run home run of the game to centerfield. Carlos followed with another single and Tara Anguiano then stepped up as a pinch hitter and hit her first career home run to centerfield.
Zamora then capped UH's scoring in the bottom of the fourth on an opposite field solo home run. It was her first career home run as well.
After Parnaby was roughed up early in the first inning, she settled down to retire the next 12 batters in a row and did not allow another hit. The only two runners she allowed were hit by pitch. Parnaby raised her record to 4-2 on the season.