HONOLULU-The University of Hawai'i softball team (17-11, 0-0 Big West) fell to Virginia Tech, 3-1 on Thursday, the second day of the Hawai'i Pacific Health Rainbow Wahine Classic. Brittany Hitchcock suffered the loss, dropping her record to 8-4 while the Hokies' Maggie Tyler earned the complete game win to improve to 9-3 at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Hitchcock threw the first 5-1/3 innings allowing three runs on eight hits with a walk and three strike outs. Kanani Aina Cabrales closed the game, throwing the final 1-1/3 innings. She did not allow a hit while walking one batter and fanning three.
Virginia Tech got off to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Hokies got back-to-back singles by Lauren Gaskill and Kylie McGoldrick and then Katie Smith came through with a two-run double.
Hawai'i got one run back in the bottom of the third inning. Kayla Wartner started things by drawing a one out walk. Keiki Carlos then drilled a double to the left-centerfield gap to put runners at second and third. Sarina Jaramillo followed with a grounder back to the pitcher who got Wartner in a run-down between third and home. But Wartner crossed the plate safely to put UH on the scoreboard down 2-1 after three innings.
In the fifth, Kylie McGoldrick got a two-out single and then moved to second on a fielding error by the shortstop. Kelsey Mericka then hit a single down the leftfield line to drive in McGoldrick and give the Hokies a 3-1 lead.
Virginia Tech's Tyler gave up one run on three hits with two walks and 12 strike outs.
Hawai'i continues play in the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday at 6:00 p.m. against St. Bonaventure.