The University of Hawai'i softball team (12-10, 0-0) fell to Coastal Carolina, 14-4 in five innings on a blustery Thursday night at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Kanani Aina Cabrales suffered the loss dropping her record to 6-5. She gave up 10 runs on nine hits with two walks and six strike outs in 3-1/3 innings pitched. Jennifer Iseri threw the final inning and two-thirds, allowing four runs on five hits.
The Chanticleers (9-12) got the first one of the game in the top of the first on an RBI single to right by Mackenzie Conrad to drive in Bri Chiusano from third.
The Rainbow Wahine responded in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with one out and Rachel Lack coming through with a two-RBI single through the leftside of the infield to drive in Sarah Muzik and Nicole Lopez from second and third respectively. UH leap-frogged the Chanticleers, 2-1 after two complete innings.
CCU answered right back in the top of the second, recording three runs to retake a 4-2 lead. Aina Cabrales got a pair of strikeouts to start the frame, but then gave up a double to Angela Buccilli and then a triple to the speedy Chiusano. Tati Forbes then drove in Chiusano with an RBI single and Morgan Noad followed with a double down the leftfield line to drive in Forbes.
Hawai'i however knotted the game at 4-4 as Breanna Ojala drove a two-run double to the right-centerfield gap to score both Keiki Carlos and Lack.
But in the top of the fourth, the Chanticleers put the game away, erupting for 10 runs on five hits, two walks, two errors and two beaned batters. CCU took a 14-4 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. It was the most runs that UH has given up in one inning since Cal State Fullerton scored 11 in one inning in 2014.
The 'Bows tried to rally in the fourth and fifth inning getting two runners on in each inning, but Coastal Carolina escaped unscathed for the win.
CCU's Kelsey Dominik (5-7) earned the complete-game win, giving up four runs on six this with two walks and two strike outs.
Hawai'i has no time to rest as they open the Outrigger Spring Fling Tournament on Wednesday, March 9. The tourney runs through Saturday with No. 21 Baylor, California, and North Dakota State all coming to town this week. Hawai'i opens the tourney at 6:00 pm against California. The game will be televised live on OCSports.
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