The opening weekend of Big West Conference play couldn’t have gone much worse for the Rainbow Wahine softball team, who were swept by No. 18 Long Beach State over the weekend on the mainland.
Hawaii (16-16, 0-3 Big West) was swept in Saturday's doubleheader at LBSU (29-7, 3-0 BWC) on Saturday after dropping Friday’s opener. The 49ers shutout the 'Bows 8-0 in five innings in the first game and rallied back to take the second game, 6-3 at the Beach Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon.
LBSU wins the first conference series of the year, 3-0.
In the first game of Saturday’s double-header, Wahine pitcher Emily Klee suffered her first loss of the season, dropping her record to 2-1 overall in her second career start. She threw 3.0 innings, allowing eight runs on 10 hits with a walk and a strikeout.
In Game 2 of the double-header, Long Beach State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Hawaii's offense then got on the board for the first time in the series to tie the score at 2-2, thanks to Callee Heen and Cheeks Ramos.
In the third inning, UH took its first lead of the series as Heen blasted her 11th home run of the season over the right field fence to give UH a 3-2 lead.
The Wahine led until the bottom of the sixth, when the Beach rallied to score four runs to retake the lead for good. LBSU's Julia Lombardi hit a two-run double before Grayce Majam and Hernandez to gave LBSU a 6-3 lead to close out the win.
Hawaii’s Dominique Martinez threw a complete game in her first career start. With the loss, she falls to 0-1 this season. She allowed six runs on 10 hits with three walks.
The Wahine return home this week to face Cal Poly in a three game series. A single game against the Mustangs will be played on April 6 at 6:00 p.m. HT with a doubleheader on April 7 beginning at 2:00 p.m. HT
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