HONOLULU (HawaiiAthletics) - The No. 18/22 University of Hawaii`i softball team (28-7, 6-0 Big West) completed the series sweep of UC Davis (13-17, 0-3 BWC) winning both ends of Saturday's doubleheader, 2-1 and 6-2 at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. Kaia Parnaby and Loie Kesterson both earned complete game wins on the day, raising UH's win streak to eight straight games.
Hawai`i 2, UC Davis 1
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Parnaby fired her 26th complete game of the season and fifth in conference action. She gave up one run while scattering four hits with a walk and six strike outs. She raised her record to 26-3 overall and 5-0 in conference. Parnaby now has 250 strike outs on the season--tying her for No. 3 in the UH record books for the most K's in a single season with Stephanie Ricketts in 2011.
The Rainbow Wahine struck first, posting one run in the first inning. Kelly Majam reached on a fielding error on a fly to left to start the inning and Kayla Wartner followed with a single that ricocheted off the pitcher to put runners of first and second. A ground ball to third yielded a 5-U-3 ground out double play, leaving just Wartner left on second. Jessica Iwata then hit a looper behind the second baseman that bounced away from the outfielders for a double to the right-center gap which allowed Wartner to score from second.
The Aggies tied the score at 1-1 in the next half inning. Kelly Schulze led off with a single to deep left-centerfield. Amy Nunez then laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher, but a throwing error left both runners safe at first and second. Another sacrifice bunt by Chandler Wagner pushed both runners into scoring position for Christa Castello who came through with the single to center to score Schulze and tie the game.
The score remained knotted at 1-1 until the bottom of the fifth, when the 'Bows posted one run to take a 2-1 lead. Sharla Kliebenstein led the inning off with a sharp single to left, but was erased at second on a bunt to first by Brynne Buchanan. Majam was then walked to put runners at first and second. Kayla Wartner then came through with the clutch single to right to drive in Buchanan from second for the winning run.
UC Davis' Leah Munden also tossed a complete game in the loss. She gave up two runs-one earned-while spacing nine hits with a walk and four strike outs.
Hawai`i 6, UC Davis 2
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Freshman pitcher Kesterson (1-2, 1-0 BWC) earned her first collegiate win for the Rainbow Wahine with a complete game effort to complete the sweep of the Aggies on Saturday night. Kesterson threw all seven innings, giving up two early runs while spacing five hits. She issued two walks with one strike out in the game and was able to induce the Aggies into 17 ground outs which the UH defense came through with in the game.
Hawai`i (28-7, 6-0 BWC) got off to a fast start in the bottom of the first inning. Kelly Majam led the home half of the first off with a line shot solo blast to centerfield. It marked her 12th home run of the season and her 66th of her career. It was also the fourth time this season that she led UH off with a home run. After a foul pop out to third, Carlos got a single and Iwata walked to put runners on first and second. Leisha Li`ili`i then unleashed on 3-1 pitch that was blasted over the high netting beyond the outfield fence ant onto the middle of the batting cage roof in right-centerfield. The three-run bomb gave UH an early 4-0 lead after one inning of play. It was Li`ili`i's 11th homer of the season and 18th of her career.
The feisty Aggies fought back in the top of the second, posting two runs of their own to cut their deficit in half. Amy Nunez led the inning off with a single and then advanced to second on a fielding error on the shortstop. UH got the next two outs on a strike out and a ground out to the pitcher which pushed both runners into scoring position for Krista Bava who got a single to right to plate both Nunez and Wagner to cut UH's lead to 4-2.
The 'Bows added one run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double to the left-centerfield gap by Majam that scored Buchanan-who had reached on a walk-all the way from first. UH led 5-2 after four complete innings.
Hawai`i extended their lead to 6-2 on an RBI double to the right-centerfield gap by Li`ili`i that scored Iwata from first in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Saturday's games were originally scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start time, but heavy rains pushed back the doubleheader three hours to 5:00 p.m.
The Rainbow Wahine are now 6-0 in the Big West, a game ahead of second place Pacific who is 5-1 in conference thus far. The 'Bows will face UC Riverside this coming Friday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 6 beginning at 2:00 p.m.