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Parnaby, Zamora Earn Honors

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(Bigwest.org) Junior Jazmine Zamora and senior Kaia Parnaby were selected Big West Softball Field Player and Pitcher of the Week after solid performances helped Hawai'i capture the conference's regular season title.

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Zamora Posts Two-Game Winning RBI In Sweep Of Pacific

Jazmine Zamora (Temecula, Calif./Great Oak HS) notched a pair of game-winning RBI and batted .545 to boost Hawai'i to a series sweep against Pacific and earn the junior Big West Softball Field Player of the Week honors.

Zamora posted three consecutive two-hit games and twice delivered the game-winning RBI as UH finished out the regular season 43-11 overall and 20-4 in Big West play.  

The second baseman produced two doubles and a home run among her six hits for the week.  In the series opener, Zamora crushed a clutch two-run home run to break a 1-1 tie and give UH a 3-1 victory.  It was her third home run in as many games.  She finished the game 2-for-3.

In game two of the series, Zamora came up big in the clutch again to help the Rainbow Wahine overcome an early deficit.  She laced a game-winning two-run double to the left-centerfield gap to give the 'Bows the lead for good.

Zamora went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in Saturday's 9-3 victory.  She scored a pair of runs thanks to a multi-homer game by Alyssa Villalpando.

Zamora, who registered a .583 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage for the week, is hitting 11-for-17 (.647) over the last five games.

Others nominated:  Carissa Turang (Cal State Fullerton); Kayla Tyler (UC Davis); Keilani Jennings (UC Santa Barbara)


Parnaby Sets Two Big West Single-Season Records
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Kaia Parnaby (Bilgola Plateau, NSW, Australia/NBSC Freshwater Senior Campus) broke two longstanding conference records and helped her squad clinch the regular season title, leading the Hawai'i senior to Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week plaudits.

Parnaby tossed her 36th complete game of the season in a 3-1 win in the series opener against Pacific.  It also represented her 36th victory of the year, which eclipsed the Big West single-season record of 35 previously set by Cal Poly Pomona's Rhonda Wheatley in 1987.  Parnaby allowed one run around six hits and fanned five.

In the series finale, Parnaby rewrote the record book one more time as her three strikeouts gave her 325 for the year.  That put her at No. 1 on the Big West single-season list as she surpassed former UH standout Brooke Wilkins, who struck out 324 batters in 1994.  Wilkins served as a coach to Parnaby in her native Australia.

Parnaby pitched four scoreless innings and allowed just two hits as she picked up her 37th victory of the season in Saturday's 9-3 triumph.  The southpaw is one of just three Rainbow Wahine hurlers to reach the 30-win mark, joining Melissa Coogan (32 - 2003) and Stephanie Ricketts (30 - 2010).

Parnaby's outstanding season includes a 37-5 record, 11 shutouts and a 1.47 ERA in 290.0 innings pitched.  She went 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA against the Tigers this week.

Others nominated:
  Jasmine Antunez (Cal State Fullerton); Jessica Thweatt (UC Davis); Shelby Wisdom (UC Santa Barbara)