UH softball split Thursday double header, will finish 2nd in Big West
The University of Hawaii softball team (33-15, 14-6 Big West) split its Thursday night doubleheader. UH outlasted UC Davis in the first game, winning 2-1 in 12 innings then falling 7-3 in game two.
HONOLULU—The University of Hawaii softball team (33-15, 14-6 Big West) split its Thursday night doubleheader. UH outlasted UC Davis in the first game, winning 2-1 in 12 innings. Brittany Hitchcockearned the complete game win while Cheeks Ramos drove in the winning run for the walk-off win. In the nightcap, the Aggies overcame an early 3-0 deficit to defeat the 'Bows, 7-3 at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Hawa'i 2, UC Davis 1 (12 innings)
The battle between the Big West's top two pitchers (in ERA and wins) lived up to the billing. Hawaii's Brittany Hitchcock and UC Davis Brooke Yanez were locked in a pitcher's duel the entire game. Both pitchers threw all 12 innings. The 12-innings for Hitchcock was a career-high for the sixth-year senior. She improved to 20-7 overall and 12-2 in the Big West. The 20 wins was also a career-high for Hitchcock. She becomes just the 13th pitcher in UH history to record over 20 wins in a season. Hitchcock is the first UH pitcher to record 20 wins since Kaia Parnaby posted a program record 39 wins in 2013. In the marathon game, Hitchcock gave up one run while scattering five hits with a walk and 13 strikeouts. She lowered her season ERA to 1.66.
For UCD's Yanez, she struck out a career-high 18 batters in the loss. It tied UC Davis' DI record for single-game strikeouts. She threw 11.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk.
In the bottom of the fourth, UH's Callee Heen launched a solo home run to post UH's first hit and run of the game for an early 1-0 lead. It marked a career-high 15th home run for Heen. She also moved up in the record books to No. 6. tying former UH great Stacey Porter in the career list. Heen is now also tied with six other Rainbow Wahine for No. 10 for home runs in the single-season record book.
UC Davis tied the score in the top of the seventh as Isabella Leon launched a solo home run to left to tie the game 1-1.
In the bottom of the 12th, Hawaii was able to rally for the win. Nicole Lopez led off with a sharp single up the middle to extend her hit streak to seven. Later with one out, Heen chopped a single to first base to put runners at first and second. Cheeks Ramos then came to the plate and drilled an opposite field hit down the rightfield line to drove in Lopez from second for the 2-1 win.
The 12 innings was UH's longest game since defeating Syracuse, 3-2 on March 16, 2013. It was UH's third extra inning game in the last five games. This season, UH is now 3-1 in extra inning games.
UC Davis 7, Hawaii 3
UC Davis started the game by loading the bases on two outs, but UH was able to escape unscathed, as a groundout to third ended the rally.
Hawai'i in the bottom of the first also loaded the bases with two outs. Mikaela Gandia-Mak then ripped a single through the rightside of the infield to drive in both Brittnee Rossi and Nicole Lopez. Later, with runners at the corners, the 'Bows tried a double steal, but a throwing error on the catcher to second allowed Ramos to cross the plate for an early, 3-0 lead.
In the third inning, the Aggies blasted three home runs—solo shots by Marissa Jauregui and Meghan Bradbury. Hawai'i then lifted starting pitcher Izzy Dino for Ashley Murphy. Later, Yanez hit a two-run home run to give UCD a 4-3 lead.
UCD added another run in the fifth on an RBI-single to left to drive in Maddie Rojas to extend their lead to 5-3. The Aggies posted a pair of runs in the top of the sixth for a 7-3 lead.
Dino threw the first 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with one walk. Murphy suffered the loss, dropping her record to 2-1. She gave up five runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Emily Kleefinished the game, tossing the final 1.2 innings. She did not allow a run while allowing two hits with a strikeout.
UCD's Katie Kibby earned the win to improve to 12-7 overall. She allowed three runs on seven hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
Mathematically, the loss give Cal State Fullerton the Big West crown and the automatic bid tot he NCAA tournament. UH entered the week needing to sweep all three games and the Titans needed to lose all three games for UH to be the champions of the BWC.
The two teams will square off in the final game of the series on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. It will be Senior Night for the Rainbow Wahine as they recognize seven seniors—Heather Cameron, Brittany Hitchcock, Jennifer Iseri, Jenna Kumabe, Nicole Lopea, Carly Piña, and Alyssa Sojka.