Hawaii softball team splits against Depaul and Oklahoma

Hawaii softball team splits against Depaul and Oklahoma

HONOLULU-The University of Hawai`i softball team split its games on the second night of the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic. The Rainbow Wahine upset No. 25 DePaul, 8-0 in five innings but fell to No. 4 Oklahoma, 7-0 in the night cap.

Hawai`i 8, DePaul 0 (5 innings)

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Hawai'i's Kanani Aina Cabrales fired a two-hit shut-out in her first appearance at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. She did not allow a walk and struck out three. She faced just two batters over the minimum and was efficient, throwing just 56 pitches-36 of which were strikes.

The Rainbow Wahine got things going in the bottom of the first inning posting two runs. Lead off batter Rachel Lack was plunked in the back to start the inning. Kayla Wartner then put down a sacrifice bunt. The pitcher picked it up and fired without looking as there was no one at first base. Both runners advanced into scoring position. Keiki Carlos then hit a grounder to third, but it ricocheted up but the Blue Demons still attempted a play at third. The fielder's choice scored Lack and allowed everyone to be safe which left runners at the corner. Li`ili`i then laced a single up the middle to drive in Wartner from third to give UH the early 2-0 lead.

Hawai`i added five runs in the third to take a 7-0 lead. The first two runs came off infield ground outs by Li`ili`i and Morales which drove in both Wartner and Carlos respectively. Later Kristina Akiona launched a three-run home run that almost sailed over the high netting in centerfield. It was Akiona's first homer of the year.

Hawai`i's Sarina Jaramillo then drove in the game-ending run off a single up the middle that scored Morales from second for the 8-0, five inning win.

Depaul's Mary Connolly took the loss. She gave up seven runs on two hits with a walk and a strike out in three innings of work. Maxine Rodriguez threw the final 1.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits with two strike outs.

No. 4 Oklahoma 7, Hawai`i 0

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After two scoreless innings, Oklahoma tallied the game's first run on a wild pitch with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the third inning.

Hawai`i blanked OU the next two innings, but the Sooners tacked on four runs the top of the sixth to break the game open. After a groundout to the pitcher, Paige Parker and Kady Self hit back-to-back doubles, the latter driving in Erin Miller for the first run of the inning. Macey Hatfield then drove a sacrifice fly to left that scored Whitney Ellis from third. On the play Rachel Lack, UH's left fielder made a beautiful catch bringing the ball back from over the fence to save the home run. But later, Lauren Chamberlain drilled a single to left to score two more runs, giving the Sooners a 5-0 lead. UH's Heather Morales came in to get the final out of the inning on a pop out to short.

Oklahoma then capped their scoring in the seventh with two more runs off an RBI double and an error to give the Sooners a 7-0 win.

Hawai`i's Brittany Hitchcock took the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings of work. She walked five batters while striking out two. Morales closed the game, tossing the final 1.1 innings. She gave up two runs on one hit with a walk and a strike out.

Oklahoma's Shelby Pendly earned her second win of the tournament. She fired a two-hit shutout with one walk and 10 strike outs while facing just 26 batters.