The University of Hawai'i softball team swept their opening doubleheader of the Bank of Hawaii Invitational on Friday night. The Rainbow Wahine defeated Utah Valley, 9-2 in their tournament opener. UH then overwhelmed Portland State 10-1 in five innings. Both Brittany Hitchcock and Kanani Aina Cabrales earned complete game wins as Hawai'i improved its record to 8-6 overall.
Hawai'i 9, Utah Valley 2
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Hitchcock evened her record at 4-4 with a complete game win over the Wolverines (4-8, 0-0 WAC). She gave up two runs while scattering six hits. Hitchcock did not walk anyone while striking out four. Hitchcock has not allowed a walk in seven of her starts this season.
The Rainbow Wahine broke out to fast start in the first inning. Sarah Muzik led off the game with a beautiful bunt base hit. Nicole Lopez then drove her in with an opposite-field triple hit into the rightfield corner to score Muzik. Keiki Carlos followed with an RBI-single up the middle to score Lopez from third. Later, with the bases loaded, Breanna Ojala hit a grounder to the right-side of the infield which allowed Carlos to score from third. Tayana Mata then launched a three-run home run over the leftfield fence. It was her first home run of the season and the fourth of her career. UH led 6-0 after one complete inning of action.
The Wolverines posted one run in the top of third on a solo home run by Cora Stanley to leftfield to cut UH's lead to 6-1.
But the Rainbow Wahine got the run back in the bottom of the frame. UH had runners at the corners and while Lopez stole second, the catcher tried to hold up her throw but it went straight into the ground and bounced away which allowed Cameron to score from third.
Utah Valley scored another run in the fifth on an RBI-groundout to the right side by Breezy Roth to score Jaymee Lawton to cut their deficit to7-2.
Hawai'i however, extended their lead to 9-2 after tacking on two more runs in the sixth on a two-run home run by Aina Cabrales over the centerfield fence. It marked Aina Cabrales' first homer of the season and her second of her career.
UVU's Bailey Moore took the loss, dropping her record to 2-5. She allowed seven runs on five hits in three innings of work. She also issued five walks with no strikeouts. Kellee Ramsey threw the following 2-1/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits with a strikeout. Dynasty Lauvai got the final two outs of the game.
Hawai'i 10, Portand State 1
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Aina Cabrales earned the complete game victory to improve her record to 4-2 on the season. She allowed just one run while spacing three hits with a walk and a strike out. She not got the win in the circle, but also went 2-for-2 with an RBI-single, a solo home run and a walk.
The Vikings (1-11, 0-0 Big Sky) scored one run in the top of the first to start the game on an RBI double by Kortney Craker to dive in Brianna Celaya from first to take an early 1-0 lead.
Hawai'i see-sawed in front, posting a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Muzik led off with a walk and after a strike out, moved to second on a single up the middle by Carlos. Morales then hit a grounder to the pitcher and was hit by the throw while running down the line allowing Muzik to score from third. Aina Cabrales then laced an opposite-field, RBI single to right to score Carlos from third. Later, the 'Bows loaded the bases with two outs, but the Vikings got a strike out to snuff out the rally.
In the second inning, Morales drilled a three-run home run to leftfield to give UH a 5-1 lead. For Morales, it was her third round-tripper of the season and the 10th of the junior's career.
Ulu Matagiese led the third inning off with a hard hit line-drive single to second. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Heather Cameron and then scored on Breanna Ojala's double down the right-field line to give the 'Bows a 6-1 advantage.
UVU got two quick outs to start the fourth inning, but then UH rallied for four more runs to extend their lead to 10-1. Aina Cabrales launched her second home run of the doubleheader to centerfield to get things rolling for Hawai'i. It was her third career home run. Mata then drew a walk and then scored off a double to the right-centerfield gap by Matagiese. Cameron followed with another double to center and went to their on an errant throw home that ricocheted off the backstop. Cameron later scored on a wild pitch.
Portland State's Kristen Crawford took the loss, giving up six runs on five hits with three walks and three strike outs in 2-1/3 innings. Karyn Wright finished the game throwing the final 1-2/3 innings. She gave up four runs on three hits with two walks.
The win marked UH's first mercy-rule win of the season with the game ending in five innings.
The Bank of Hawaii Invitational continues with three games on Saturday. UVU vs. PSU at 12:00 pm followed by Hawai'i taking on Portland State and Utah Valley at 2:30 and 4:30 pm.
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