Softball team prepares for ‘bittersweet’ Senior Night

Lopez prepares for 'bittersweet' Senior night

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawai’i softball team (32-14, 13-5 Big West) will host its final home conference series of the regular season against UC Davis (37-13, 11-7 Big West).

The two, will square off in a rare Thursday night doubleheader starting on May 9 at 5:00 p.m., followed by a single game on Friday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Friday night’s 'Senior night’ will honor seven Rainbow Wahine— Heather Cameron, Brittany Hitchcock, Jennifer Iseri, Jenna Kumabe, Nicole Lopez, Carly Pina and Alyssa Sojka.

Last week, the Rainbow Wahine took two out of three games to win the series at CSUN. It marked the first time since 2015 that the 'Bows took a series over the Matadors and just the second time since re-joining the Big West in 2013. It is the fifth Big West series that UH has won this year.

This year’s senior class boosts some of the programs most decorated players.

Brittany Hitchcock recently earned her fifth career Big West Pitcher of the Week honors after recording two complete-game wins at CSUN. Just this season, Hitchcock leads UH with a 19-7 overall record and an 11-2 record in conference.

She is second in the league with a 1.75 ERA and her 19 wins ties her career high set as a junior in 2017. She has thrown a team-high 156.1 innings with 20 complete games, six shutouts with a save.

Local girl Nicole Lopez has spent much of her life at the Wahine softball stadium. Lopez played her high school ball at the Wahine softball stadium playing for Mid-Pacific Institute and says her Senior night on Friday will be ‘bittersweet.'

“I’m sad but I’m excited,” Lopez said. “To finish with this team will be nice because it’s a special one, it was a dream come true to stay at home and play in front of my family and my friends, and this stadium will always bring back memories."

The third baseman has started 202 consecutive games and continues to lead the team with a career-high 43 runs scored, 57 hits, 12 doubles and she is 6-6 in stolen bases. Lopez has hit safely in 37 games this season & had a team-high 13 game hit streak earlier in the year.

All three games are free to attend.

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