UH softball splits Friday double header
The University of Hawaii softball team (2-1, 0-0 Big West) split their doubleheader on Day Two of the Hawaii Paradise Classic.
HONOLULU—The University of Hawaii softball team (2-1, 0-0 Big West) split their doubleheader on Day Two of the Hawaii Paradise Classic. The Rainbow Wahine scored two runs on a walkoff double by Brittnee Rossi to propel past UT Arlington, 8-7 in the first game. But in the second game, Rachael Garcia and the No. 1-ranked UCLA Bruins shut down the UH offense en route to a 7-0 win on Friday night at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Hawaii 8, UT Arlington 7
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In Hawaii's first game, the 'Bows jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first inning. But UT Arlington chipped away throughout the game and eventually scored three runs in the top of the seventh to overtake UH with a 7-6 lead. Hawai'i then rallied to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh. Brittnee Rossi then came through with a clutch one-out double to the right-centerfield gap to drive in Nicole Lopez and pinch runner Bree Soma for the 8-7 win. Freshman pitched Ashley Murphy and earned the win in relief in her first collegiate appearance.
In the first inning, UH erupted for six runs. Leadoff hitter Tatumn Satow reached on a fielding error on the pitcher. Nicole Lopez then roped a single to left to put runners at first and second. Cheeks Ramos then followed with an RBI single to left that drove in Satow. Heen then rapped another single to drive in Lopez from second. After a flyout to center, Brittnee Rossi drew a walk to load the bases. A foul-pop fly caught by the shortstop, Heather Cameron lifted a fly ball to right-centerfield which fell between the centerfielder and the rightfielder for a bases clearing double. Sissy Pantastico then hit a fly ball to right that went off the rightfielder's glove for an error which allowed Cameron to score from second.
The Mavericks however fought back, chipping away, scoring two runs in the third, two in the sixth. In the seventh, UTA scored three runs to overtake the 'Bows. Two runs came on a clutch home run by Reagan Wright that sailed over the leftfield fence. Later, with runners at second and third, a groundout to second by KJ Murphy gave the Mavericks the lead, 7-6.
Hawai'i answered right back, loading the bases on a leadoff double by Lopez, a walk to Ramos, and pinch hitter Alyssa Sojka getting plunked. Rossi then came to the plate and drilled a shot to the right-centerfield gap to drive Lopez and pinch runner Bree Soma in to win the game.
For Hawaii, freshman Izzy Dino thew the first 5-1/3 innings allowing four runs on eight hits with a walk. Dominique Martinez issued just a walk in a brief relief appearance in the sixth, while Murphy earned her first win as a Rainbow Wahine. She snuffed out a UTA rally in the top of the sixth and held the scrappy Mavericks to three runs in the seventh. She allowed three runs on three hits with a walk in an inning and two-thirds.
UTA's Randi Phillips got the start but did not figure in the decision. She gave up six runs on four hits with a walk in one inning of work. Allie Gardiner came in relief of Phillips in the second inning and shut down UH's offense for five innings, until the seventh when she gave up two runs on a pair of doubles in the frame. Overall she gave up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
#1 UCLA 7, Hawaii 0
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The Bruins' Rachel Garcia showed why she is the reigning National Player of the Year as she dominated the game from the pitcher's circle as she fired a one-hit shutout. Garcia stymied the 'Bows with 15 strikeouts—all swinging, while facing just 24 batters in the game.
UCLA took the early lead on a two-run home run off the bat of Aaliyah Jordan in the second inning. The Bruins added three runs on an error and a two run home run by Colleen Sullivan in the fourth that chased Hawai'I's starting pitcher, Brittany Hitchcock. UH reliever Emily Klee entered the game and held her own to finish the final three-and-two-thirds innings.
Hitchcock took the loss dropping her record to 1-1. She allowed five runs on four hits in three-and-a-thirds innings pitched. She did not issue a walk while striking out two.
Klee gave up two runs on five hits to end the game.
The Hawaii Paradise Classic will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 9 with five games on slate at the RWSS. The schedule is as follows
Paradise Classic – Day Three Schedule
9:00 am – UT Arlington vs. Georgia State
11:00 am – UCLA vs. Georgia State
1:00 pm – St. Mary's vs. UCLA
3:00 pm – Hawai'i vs. St. Mary's
5:00 pm – Hawaii vs. Fresno Statea