UH softball team ends 2014 season with a victory

The University of Hawaii softball team ended the 2014 season with a 2-0 win over UC Davis on Saturday afternoon at La Rue Field. Heather Morales fired a complete-game shutout as the Rainbow Wahine improved to 22-28 overall and 7-14 in Big West games. UC Davis finished the season at 21-33 overall and 9-12 in conference.

Morales finished the season with her third shutout and 13th complete game of the season.  She scattered six hits with a walk and a strike out while improving to 12-11 overall in her rookie season.

UC Davis' Dani Cruse took the loss, dropping her record to 11-11. She threw 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and four strike outs. A Reynolds closed the game, throwing the final 3.1 innings. She did not allow any runs or hits with two walks and three strike outs.

In the top of the third inning, Hawai'i scored the first run of the game as Jazmine Zamora launched a solo home run to centerfield. It was the senior's fourth home run of the season and the 10th of her career.

In the fourth inning, UH added another run with two outs. Jordan Burton and Kayla Wartner both walked and then Ulu Matagiese then hit a single to centerfield. On the play, the centerfielder misplayed the ball for an error that allowed Burton to score from second to give the 'Bows a 2-0 lead.

The Aggies had runners on in all but one inning, but Morales and the defense were able to escape unscathed. UCD had their best chance to score in the bottom of the seventh inning. After a ground out to second, Chandler Wagner hit a sharp grounder that ricocheted off of the shin of Morales. UH got the second out on a flyout to leftfield. But Cat Guidry then reached on a single to third. On the play, the throw sailed past the first baseman and Wagner tried to race around third to score but was cut down on at the plate with a strike thrown from Zamora to Sharla Kliebenstein who tagged her out to end the inning and the game.

It was the final game for four Hawai'i seniors-Jori Jasper, Sharla Kliebenstein, Kaile Nakao and Sharla Kliebenstein as well as four UCD seniors--Jessica Barrett, Kimberly Pena, Caitlin Voss and Chandler Wagner. Hawai'i finished the season with its first losing record since 2004 when UH ended the year at 28-33. It is just the third losing season for Hawai'i during head coach Bob Coolen's 23-year tenure.