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UH softball team overpowers UC Riverside in doubleheader sweep

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:09 p.m. HST, Apr 06, 2013

The University of Hawaii softball team hit nine home runs and swept today's Big West doubleheader with UC Riverside at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

The Rainbow Wahine (31-7, 9-0 BWC) hit four home runs in the first inning of a 12-2 win in today's first game and launched three more in their first turn at-bat in the finale on their way to an 8-1 victory.

UH head coach Bob Coolen earned the 900th win of his career in today's opener and No. 901 extended UH's winning streak to 11.

Kaia Parnaby earned wins in both games and improved to 28-3.

The No. 16/21 Rainbow Wahine sent 16 batters to the plate and hit four home runs in a 12-run first inning in today's first game. UH scored nine runs before UC Riverside recorded its first out of the game and ended the game in the fifth inning due to the eight-run rule.

Kelly Majam opened the first inning with a leadoff home run to right and Jessica Iwata added a three-run shot to left for the 50th homer of her career.

UH loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter and Sharla Kliebenstein cleared them with a grand slam to left field. Brynne Buchanan, the ninth batter in UH's lineup, walked and Majam scored her with a double in her second plate appearance of the inning.

Keiki Carlos singled to score Majam and Leisha Li'ili'i homered to center to push the lead to 12-0.

UC Riverside scored its first runs of the weekend on back-to-back RBI singles by Ariel Shore and Kayla White in the top of the third.

UH struck early again in the series finale with Majam, Kayla Wartner and Iwata hitting home runs in the bottom of the first.

The Wahine put together a four-run rally in the third inning highlighted by Kliebenstein's two-run homer. Kaile Nakao gave UH an 8-1 lead by hitting the first home run of her career and UH's eighth of the day in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Parnaby went six innings and earned her third win of the series. Freshman Loie Kesterson closed out the win in the circle.

Parnaby raised her strikeout total to 265, moving into second on the program's single-season chart. Brooke Wilkins set the record of 324 in 1994.

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808comp wrote:
Nice uniform. Tough road trip coming up. Go Bows !!!
on April 6,2013 | 06:07PM
HOSSANA wrote:
I love this Rainbow Wahine softball team but mark my words, unless they come up with another pitcher that's half way decent, they are not going to make it as conference champions or even in the regionals......By that time, Parnaby's arm will be overused and that won't help UH just like last year when Ricketts and Parnaby were disastrous in the WAC playoffs and even in the regionals.....it was frustrating sitting there at the playoffs and regionals last year......also, what's in store for UH next year as they have, I repeat, no credible pitches that's even half way decent unless they recruit someone of outstanding power and talent. Oh, well, just a concerned fan thinking of the present and the future........really love this team, though.
on April 6,2013 | 07:17PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
The advertiser is wrong again. Softbows had a total of 9 homeruns in the double header combined. 4 in the first game and 5 in the second game.
on April 6,2013 | 08:31PM
username_required wrote:
Read the article again.
on April 7,2013 | 09:37AM
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