The University of Hawaii softball team split a doubleheader in the Easton Desert Classic today in Las Vegas, overwhelming San Jose State before losing to UCLA.
The Rainbow Wahine (6-3), ranked 20th and 23rd in this week’s polls, hit a school record seven home runs in a 22-3 win over San Jose State in their first game of the day.
UH left fielder Sharla Kliebenstein hit two home runs and tied a UH record by driving in eight runs. Catcher Kayla Wartner went 4-for-5 with a triple and two home runs and drove in five runs.
Kelly Majam also homered for UH and Tara Anguiano and Jazmine Zamora hit the first home runs of their college careers.
Kaia Parnaby gave up three runs in the first inning but struck out 12 over five innings and earned the win in the game shortened by the mercy rule.
UH then lost to No. 18/19 UCLA 11-1 in five innings.
UCLA’s B.B. Bates hit two home runs and finished with five RBIs and pitcher Ally Carda held UH to two hits.
Keiki Carlos gave up seven runs in two innings and took the loss. Freshman Loie Kesterson surrendered four runs in 2 2/3 innings in her UH debut.