Rainbow Wahine softball team leave Long Beach winless
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The University of Hawai'i softball team (19-19, 4-5 Big West) fell in the series finale at Long Beach State, 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at the 49er Softball Complex. Hawai'i's Loie Kesterson suffered the loss dropping her record to 10-9 overall and 2-4 in Big West games. The Beach's Erin Jones-Wesley picked up the win, improving to 18-4 overall and 6-0 in conference. With the win, the Beach sealed the sweep of Hawai'i in the three-game conference series.
Long Beach State got on the scoreboard in the first inning, cashing in on two UH errors to take a 1-0 lead with Shayna Kimbrough reaching first and scoring on the defensive miscues.
The 49ers started the fifth inning with three consecutive hits which led to two more runs for a 3-0 lead. Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi led the inning off with a single to center and Kimbrough followed with a triple to the rightfield corner to score Tupua-Tautalatasi. Cya Neal then capped LBSU's scoring with an RBI single to left to drive in Kimbrough from third.
Hawai'i's best scoring opportunity came in the top of the seventh with two outs. Kayla Wartner walked and Ulu Matagiese was beaned to put two runners on base. But Jaramillo then hit a fly ball to right, but the rightfielder made a running catch towards the fence to seal the win and the sweep.
Kesterson fired her 15th complete game of the season. She gave up three runs on six hits with a walk and two strike outs.
Long Beach State's Jones-Wesley fired a one-hit shut-out with three walks and eight strike outs.
It is the first time the Rainbow Wahine have been swept in a conference season since Boise State won all three games against the 'Bows in 2011 when UH was still a member of the Western Athletic Conference. The last time UH was swept in a Big West Conference series was against Utah State who swept the 'Bows in a four-game series to end the 1993 season.
Hawai'i returns home for a three-game conference series against Cal Poly. The series will open on Friday night, April 18 with a single game at 6:00 p.m. and conclude with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. There will be an autograph session following the Friday night game and Saturday will be Power in Pink day at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium in recognition of breast cancer awareness.