Parnaby Earns Second Big West Pitcher of the Week Honor

IRVINE, Calif.--(Hawaii Athletics) University of Hawai'i senior Kaia Parnaby (Bilgola Plateau, NSW, Australia/Freshwater Senior Campus) earned her second Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week honor after going 5-0 with a 0.80 ERA this past week in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational.

The southpaw fired five complete game victories and did not allow an earned run on three occasions en route to earning Bank of Hawaii Invitational Most Valuable Pitcher honors. In her five appearances, she threw 35.0 innings issuing seven walks while striking out 40. Parnaby held opponents to a .212 average on the week.

In the tournament championship game against Western Kentucky, Parnaby tossed a three-hit shutout with a walk and seven strikeouts to lead the Rainbow Wahine to a 3-0 win.  Against the Hilltoppers in an earlier tournament game, she took a shutout into the sixth inning and settled on surrendering one earned run in a 5-1 victory. Parnaby has earned the win in her last eight-straight games. 

Overall, Parnaby has been the anchor or the pitching staff thus far. She has earned 11 of UH's 13 wins this season with just two losses. She has thrown 92.2 innings out of Hawai'i's 120.2  this season. She has made 16 appearances with 12 complete games, four shutouts and two saves. Parnaby has held opposing batters to a .193 batting average with 13 walks and 108 strike outs with a 1.28 ERA.

It is her fifth overall conference Pitcher of the Week honor--she earned the award three times while the Rainbow Wahine were members of the Western Athletic Conference.  

Parnaby and the softball team begins a stretch of 10-straight days of games, beginning this Thursday with an exhibition doubleheader against Tokyo Women's College of Physical Education to begin the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament that runs from March 7-10. TWCPE, East Carolina and Portland State will all be participating in the four day tourney.