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UH eliminated from WAC softball tournament

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:16 p.m. HST, May 12, 2011

Hawaii was eliminated from the Western Athletic Conference softball tournament with a 2-1 loss to Fresno State today at Bulldog Diamond in Fresno, Calif.

Fresno State pitcher Michelle Moses earned her third win over UH this season and handed the Rainbow Wahine their second one-run loss of the day.

UH, which lost to New Mexico State 5-4 earlier today, fell to 37-18.
The Wahine and Bulldogs had to wait out Boise State's 13-inning win over Louisiana Tech before taking the field nearly 2 hours after the scheduled start.

Fresno State's Haley Gilleland tripled into right center on the first pitch of the game and scored on Andrea Ortega's sacrifice fly.

The scored remained 1-0 until the top of the sixth, when Courtney Moore hit a solo home run to right field.

UH led off the bottom of the sixth with bloop singles by Jessica Iwata and Jenna Rodriguez. After a double play, Alex Aguirre singled to center and Sharla Kliebenstein followed with another single to score pinch-runner Jazmine Zamora. A foul pop out left UH runners on second and third with the Wahine trailing 2-1 going into the seventh.

In the bottom of the seventh, Kelly Majam walked with one out. A foul pop up brought Iwata up with two out and Moses got her to fly out to right to end the game.

Moses, who threw a no-hitter against UH this season, had held the Wahine scoreless for 19 2/3 innings in three meetings until giving up the run in the sixth.

UH sophomore Kaia Parnaby gave up five hits and struck out four in the loss.

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