HONOLULU—The University of Hawai'i softball team (13-9, 0-0 Big West) powered past Toledo, 8-1 on Day Three of the Outrigger Spring Fling Tournament. The Rainbow Wahine racked up a season-high 17 hits—the most since amassing 20 against San Jose State in Las Vegas, Nev. on Feb. 15, 2013. Hawai'i's power surge included three home runs—one each by Nicole Lopez, Heather Morales, and Ulu Matagiese—and seven Rainbow Wahine getting multiple hits in the game. UH starter Dana Thomsen improved her record to 5-2 with her fifth complete game of the season on Friday night at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Thomsen gave up just one run while scattering four hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. Between the third and the sixth innings, Thomsen retired nine straight batters—including a streak of five straight strike outs—and she retired the last 13-of-14 batters in the game.
Hawai'i struck first in the bottom of the first on back-to-back home runs. Sarah Muzik got an opposite-field single to left to start things off and Nicole Lopez followed by launching a home run to centerfield. Heather Morales then drilled a line-drive home run just over the centerfield fence. It was the third time this season that Hawai'i has hit back-to-back home runs. For Lopez, it marked her fifth home run of the season and 10th of her career and for Morales, it also was her fifth home run of the season but her 15th of her career.
Toledo cut UH's lead to 3-1 in the top of the third. Kylie Gross drew a leadoff walk then went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Ashley Rausch later drove in Gross with a double to the right-centerfield gap.
The Rainbow Wahine rallied to score three runs with two outs to extend their lead to 6-1, posting three runs in the fifth inning. The Rockets got the first two outs of the inning on groundouts, but Angelique Ramos started UH's rally with a single through the rightside of the infield. Pinch runner Jordan Hicks stole second base and then Heather Cameron came through with a clutch single to drive in the speedy Hicks from second. Ulu Matagiese then stepped to the plate and launched a two-run home run high over the left-centerfield fence. It was Matagiese's first homer of the season and the seventh of the senior's career.
Hawai'i added two runs in the sixth. With one out, Lopez hit an opposite field single to the right-centerfield gap. Morales then crushed a double off the Nissan sign in leftfield, about a foot below leaving the year. With two runners in scoring position, Callee Heen then drove in Lopez with an RBI single through the right-side of the infield. Ramos then hit a sacrifice fly to left to score pinch runner Courtney Hiruko to give UH an 8-1 lead.
Toledo's Kailey Minarchick took the loss, dropping her record to 3-5. She threw the first five innings, allowing six runs on 14 hits with no walks and no strikeouts. Heather Webb threw the final frame, allowing two runs on three hits.
The 'Bows continue action in the Outrigger Spring Fling Tournament on Saturday, facing Marist at 4:00 pm.
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