SEATTLE, Wash.(HawaiiNewsNow) -
The 20th ranked Rainbow Wahine softball team stayed alive in the NCAA regional with a 3-0 win over Minnesota, Saturday.
Hawaii (45-12, 20-4 Big West) recovered from a shutout against Washington earlier in the day when, in the third inning, Kayla Wartner drilled a triple to center field to the purple wall to drive in both pinch runner Kiani Wong and Majam to give UH the lead. It was Wartner's fourth triple of the year and it was her first hit in the Regionals.
In the fourth inning, Li`ili`i launched her 13th home run of the season, with a solo blast over the "College World Series" sign on the rightfield wall to give UH a 3-0 lead.
Pitcher Kaia Parnaby tossed her second shutout over the Gophers in as many days. She scattered three hits with no walks and four strike outs. Her four K's, brought her single season total to 341.
Hawai`i will now face No. 11/9 Washington again on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. If Hawai`i wins the first game, both teams will square off in a winner-take all second game at 3:30 p.m.