BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—(Hawaii Athletics) The No. 15/20 University of Hawai'i softball team (34-8, 11-1 BWC) overwhelmed Cal State Bakersfield, 8-1 on Tuesday afternoon at the Roadrunner Softball Complex. Kaia Parnaby improved her record to 31-4 overall while the 'Bows wracked up 13 hits—including home runs by Kayla Wartner and Kristina Akiona.
Parnaby threw 6.0 innings, giving up one run on five hits with nine strike outs and no walks en route to the win. She is now just one win shy of tying the UH single-season record of 32 set in 2003 by Melissa Coogan. Kesterson tossed the final scoreless frame.
The 'Bows got off to a good start to load the bases with the first three batters to come to the plate. Kelly Majamand Wartner led the game off with back-to-back singles up the middle. Keiki Carlos then walked to pack the bases full of 'Bows. After a pop-out to short, Leisha Li'ili'i worked her way on with a walk to force Majam across the plate. Jazmine Zamora then hit a sacrifice fly to score Wartner to give UH a 2-0 lead after the first half-inning of play.
Both teams were held scoreless for the next two innings, before UH tallied two more runs in the top of the fourth. Majam drew a one-out walk and Wartner followed taking a with a two-run blast over the rightfield scoreboard. It marked Wartner's ninth round-tripper
Hawai'i added three runs in the top of the sixth. Majam led the inning off with a double to the left-centerfield gap and Wartner drove in Majam with an RBI single up the middle. CSUB then lifted reliever, Desilva for Sydney Raeber. Carlos hit into a fielder's choice to third to erase pinch runner Ciana Russ at second. But Iwata kept things going with a double down the left-field line to put runners at second and third. Li'ili'i then was walked for the third time of the game. Zamora then came through her second RBI of the day with a single to center to score Wartner. On the play, Li'ili'i was thrown out at second to leave runners at the corners. UH then scored its third run of the inning on a double steal with Zamora getting in a run down that allowed Iwata to score from third to give UH a 7-0 lead.
The Roadrunners got one run back in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by Shav Fryer to cut their deficit to 7-1 with an inning to go.
But UH got the run back in the top of the seventh when pinch-hitter Akiona drilled her first collegiate home run over the centerfield fence to give UH an 8-1 lead. The freshman is the 11th Rainbow Wahine to launch a home run this season. It was UH's 60th team homer of the year.
Majam and Wartner accounted for UH's first five runs of the game. Majam went 3-for-4 in the game with two doubles and three runs scored. Wartner also went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI with two runs scored and a home run.
The Rainbow Wahine conclude their 11-day California road swing with a three-game series at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The two teams square off in a doubleheader starting at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19 with a single game on Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 2:00 p.m.