HONOLULU—The University of Hawai'i softball team (9-8, 0-0 Big West) split its doubleheader on the final day of the Coca-Cola Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament. The Rainbow Wahine fell to Seattle, 4-1 but bounced back to shutout Charleston Southern, 3-0 in the third place game on Sunday afternoon at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Seattle U 4, Hawai'i 1
Hawai'i scored first, but Seattle responded and went on to pull away to win, 4-1. UH's Dana Thomsen made her second start of the tournament, throwing her third complete game of the season. She gave up four runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts .
The Rainbow Wahine posted one run in the first inning. Danielle Garcielita led off the frame with a single up the middle that the shortstop snared at full extension. Garcielita stole second base and moved to third on a Sarah Muzik groundout. She then scored on a wild pitch to give UH a 1-0 lead. The 'Bows got two more runners on with one out, but the Red Hawks turned a 6U-3 double play to end the inning.
Seattle answered right back in the top of the second, scoring two runs to take the lead 2-1. Maddy Kristjanson walked with one out and moved to second on a groundout to the pitcher. Sara Dominguez then drove in Kristjanson with an RBI single. On the play, the catcher's throw back to second to try to get the batter/runner sailed into centerfield allowing her to race all the way around the bases to score the Red Hawks second run.
Seattle U's Kristjanson launched a two-run home run in the top of the sixth to extend their lead to 4-1.
Seattle's Alyssa Reuble earned the win to improve to 2-4, throwing 5.0 innings. She allowed just the one run while spacing five hits. Andie Larkins earned a save throwing the last two innings with a strikeout.
Hawai'i 3, Charleston Southern 0
The Rainbow Wahine bounced back in the third place game, shutting down Charleston Southern, 3-0.
Hawai'i starter Brittany Hitchcock fired a two-hit shutout in her eighth complete game of the season. She was solid in the circle, facing just 24 batters in the game and had no walks and seven strikeouts to raise her record to 6-5. She began the game retiring the first 11 batters she faced and then ended the game by sitting down the last seven straight to end the game. She and the UH defense did not allow a runner past second base. She did not give up a walk and had seven strikeouts. If you count the eight straight batters from her previous night's appearance against Toledo, Hitchcock retired 19 straight batters.
The Rainbow Wahine jumped out to a 1-0 lead to start against Charleston Southern. UH leadoff hitter Garcielita reached on a single to left, but she tried to extend it to a double. On the play the ball beat Garcielita to the bag, but the ball ricocheted off the second baseman to allow her to go into second safely. After two outs, Heather Morales drove in Garcielita with a single up the middle.
In the fourth, UH extended its lead to 3-0. Angelique Ramos drilled a one out basehit down the leftfield line. Later, in just her second at bat in a Rainbow Wahine uniform, Justin Garner launched a two-run home run over the centerfield fence. It marked her sixth NCAA DI career home run after hitting five at Santa Clara from where she transferred from.
CSU's Holly Clark took the loss, dropping her record to 4-3. She allowed three runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Hawai'i continues its 27-game homestand with a non-tournament doubleheader against Toledo on Tuesday, March 7 at 5:00 p.m.. The 'Bows will then host their fourth tournament of the year, the Outrigger Hawai'i Spring Fling Tournament. Remaining for another week will be Charleston Southern and Toledo along with No. 16 Utah and Marist.