HENDERSON, Nev. (HawaiiNewsNow)—The No. 20/23 University of Hawai'i softball team upset No. 7/9 Oregon, 6-5 on the third day of the Easton Desert Classic at the Stephanie Lynn Craig Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon. Kaia Parnaby held the Ducks off for her fifth win of the season with a complete game victory.
The 'Bows fell behind early, giving up four runs in the top of the first inning. After a swinging strike out, Janie Takeda started things off with a single to left and was followed by Kaylan Howard who hit a two-run home run over the left-centerfield fence. Kailee Cuico got a hit to right field and Koral Costa reached first safely on a beaned ball. Janelle Lindvall then hit into a fielder's choice from 6-5 to erase Cuico at third. But Alexa Peterseon then hit a double to rightfield to drive in both Costa and Lindvall for the early 4-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, UH battled their way back into the game, cutting their deficit to 3-4. Jazmine Zamora got things rolling with a one-out single that cut through the rightside of the infield. A groundout to third moved Zamora to second. Brynne Buchanan then got a hit to short, but an errant throw by the shortstop allowed Zamora to cross the plate for UH's first run. Kelly Majam then launched her second home run of the season and the tournament to centerfield. It marked her 56th of her career adding to her UH career record.
Parnaby picked up her fifth complete game win of the season, giving up five runs on 10 hits with three strike outs and no walks.
Hawai`i completes its play in the Easton Desert Classic (hosted by UNLV) on Sunday, Feb. 17. The 'Bows will face Utah Valley at 11:15 am and Nevada at 1:30 pm. Both games will be played at the Stephanie Lynn Craig Softball Complex in Henderson, Nev.