The University of Hawaii softball team (21-28, 6-14 Big West) was swept at UC Davis on Friday afternoon, 5-1 and 4-3. The Rainbow Wahine will conclude their season against the Aggies on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. (PT).
UC Davis 5, Hawai'i 1
The Aggies got on the scoreboard first, posting two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The leadoff batter, Christa Castello chopped a single over the third baseman, but it was mis-played by the leftfielder for an error that left Castello on second. Brianna Warner then laid down a bunt single to leave runners at the corners. Warner was then driven home on an RBI single by Kelly Zboralske to give the Aggies the early 2-0 lead.
Leisha Li'ili'i led the second inning off with a single up the middle. After a strike out, Sarina Jaramillo hit a single to left and a fielding error on the leftfielder left both UH runners in scoring position. Lindsey Willmon then lifted a sacrifice fly to rightfield to drive in pinch runner Jordan Burton from third to cut Hawai'i's deficit to 2-1.
The Aggies added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. After a fly out to right, Krista Bava started the rally with a single to left and Cat Guidry then had a bunt single to leave runners at the corners for Christina Guidry who singled to right-centerfield to score Bava, but a fielding error on the centerfielder allowed Bava. Later a fielding error by shortstop allowed Guidry to score, giving the Aggies a 5-1 lead after four complete innings.
Loie Kesterson fired a complete game in the loss. She fell to 10-14 overall. She gave up five runs-two of which were earned-on 10 hits with two walks and one strike out.
The Aggies' Dana Cruse improved to 11-0 overall, throwing five complete innings. She gave up one run with two walks and eight strike outs. Andrea Reynolds threw the final two innings, allowing just two hits with two strike outs.
UC Davis 4, Hawai'i 3
The Aggies scored their first two runs on an RBI-ground out in the second inning by C. Guidry to score Wagner from third and then in the second inning Nunez hit a solo home run to left to give UCD an early, 2-0 lead.
Hawai'i got one run back in the top of the fourth on Leisha Li'ili'i's opposite-field home run that sailed over the left-centerfield fence. It was Li'ili'i's 15th home run of the season and 38th of the junior's career. It ties Li'ili'i with Stacey Porter for No. 4 all-time in the UH record books.
The Rainbow Wahine then tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the fifth. Lindsey Willmon led the inning off with a double over the centerfielder. Sharla Kliebenstein then laid down a bunt single to put runners at the corners. Kaile Nakao then hit a sacrifice fly to leftfield to drive in Willmon from third.
Hawai'i took the lead for the first time in the series in the top of the seventh. After a ground out to third, Nakao started things with a single to left. Jazmine Zamora followed with an infield hit to short to put runners at first and second. After a strike out, Keiki Carlos then drove in Nakao with an RBI-single to centerfield. The Aggies then intentionally walked LI'ili'i to load the bases. UCD then got the last out on a fielder's choice to short.
But, UC Davis scored two runs for the walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh. C. Guidry led the inning off with a single down the leftfield line. A sacrifice bunt by Ch. Guidry pushed C. Guidry to second. Christa Castello then ripped a triple down the rightfield line to score C. Guidry for the tie. Pinch-hitter Kimbersly Pena then drove in Castello for the walk-off win with a single to third.
Heather Morales suffered the loss which evened her record to 11-11 on the season. She gave up four runs on eight hits with a walk and a strike out in six-and-a-third innings of work.
Reynolds got the start and threw the first four innings, giving up two runs on five hits with no walks or strike outs. Leah Munden earned the win, throwing the final three innings, giving up one run on four hits with a walk and two strike outs.
Hawai'i concludes their season on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. in the finale of the three-game series at UC Davis.