HONOLULU (HawaiiAthletics) - The University of Hawai`i softball team (1-0, 0-0 Big West) opened the 2014 season with a 2-0 win over Hampton on Thursday. Freshman pitcher Heather Morales fired a three-hit shut-out to earn her first collegiate victory, while sophomore shortstop Kristina Akiona launched a 2-run home run to propel the 'Bows to their first win of the season.
Morales threw 7.0 innings and faced just 28 batters. She struck out three while walking four.
Akiona's home run was just UH's second hit of the game. Her home run sailed over the outfield netting into the tennis behind the softball stadium. For Akiona, it was her second career home run.
The Pirates made the game interesting however in the top of the seventh inning. After getting the first out on a pop-up to second, Hampton drew two walks and then a fielding error at third loaded the bases with just one out. Morales settled down and got a strike out and then a ground out to short to end the game.
Hampton's Jailynn Jackson stymied the 'Bows for the first four innings, taking a no-hitter to 4-2/3 innings before UH's Jazmine Zamora broke up her no-hit bid with a single to centerfield. For the game, Jackson gave up two runs on two hits, with five walks and five strike outs.
Earlier in the day, No. 16/13 UCLA overwhelmed Delaware, 10-0 in five innings. Bruins' pitcher Ally Carda fired a no-hitter in the game.