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Cal State Fullerton ends UH softball team's win streak

By Star-Advertiser staff


The University of Hawaii softball team had its 13-game winning streak snapped in today's series finale against Cal State Fullerton as the Titans upset the Rainbow Wahine 11-3 in five innings in Fullerton, Calif.

Cal State Fullerton (17-25, 4-8 Big West) pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of five UH errors in handing No. 15/20 UH (33-8, 11-1) its first Big West loss of the season.

Gabby Aragon gave Cal State Fullerton the lead with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning and the Titans pulled away with a five-run third inning. Cal State Fullerton brought the eight-run rule into effect in the fifth on a two-run single by Ariel Tsuchiyama, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

UH senior Kaia Parnaby gave up a season-high nine runs, five earned, on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings and took her first loss since March 14. Parnaby (30-4) had won her previous 13 decisions, including both games of UH's doubleheader sweep on Saturday. Freshman Loie Kesterson gave up two runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

After Cal State Fullerton jumped ahead 3-0 on Aragon's homer in the first, UH answered with Sharla Kliebenstein's two-run home run in the top of the second.

The Titans scored on an error in the bottom of the second and UH closed to 4-3 in the third when Kelly Majam hit her 15th home run of the season.

But Cal State Fullerton broke away again with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Eliza Crawford opened the rally with an RBI triple and Aragon followed with a double. Aragon later scored on an illegal pitch called on Parnaby and Tsuchiyama added an RBI single.

UH continues its road trip with a nonconference game at Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday. The Rainbow Wahine resume Big West play with a three-game series at Cal Poly starting Friday.

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PBnJz wrote:
Bummer. :(
on April 14,2013 | 11:03AM
primowarrior wrote:
UH just looked out of it in this game. Too many errors. Parnaby didn't seem as sharp as usual. All those illegal pitch calls against her in the first inning of the first game yesterday may have affected her pitching in the series. It was obvious early on today that Parnaby was struggling, and Fullerton had figured out that the way to get runners on base and score was to bunt. Perhaps Coolen should have subbed Kesterson in earlier.
on April 14,2013 | 11:09AM
HOSSANA wrote:
I said it once, twice, three times that Hawaii's just don't have the pitching to sustain itself in conference play. Parnaby is going to burn her self out by the end of the season and Hawaii just don't have any other pitcher to come in to take her place....if any of you tell me what about the other games Parnaby pitched, that was then and now is now as the season wears on,so will Parnaby's arm and Kesterson and Carlos ain't worth nothing as relief pitchers much less to pitch a whole game. Don't forget what happened last year as Hawaii went into the WAC playoffs as both Parnaby and Ricketts got shellacked in the conference playoffs and regionals and this year they just have Parnaby to rely on for the duration of the season.
on April 14,2013 | 11:18AM
hanalei395 wrote:
You said it three times of the OBVIOUS. Coolen alreay knows that.
on April 14,2013 | 11:30AM
808comp wrote:
Agree with you and primowarrior. Seems like Parnaby had illegal pitch problem last year too,and if Coolen dosen't give his freshmens more time on the mound i can see problems ahead. Guess the coach is set in his ways so just got to hope for the best.Rest of the confrence games going be rough with Cal Poly,Long Beach,and Pacifc.
on April 14,2013 | 11:37AM
primowarrior wrote:
Yeah, true. The game against Bakersfield is non conference, so I hope Coolen gives Kesterson or Carlos a chance to get some game experience.
on April 14,2013 | 11:58AM
HOSSANA wrote:
If Parnaby pitches against Bakersfield, that would be ridiculous and absurb....STUPID REALLY!!!! Parnaby needs to rest and i agree that Kesteson or Carlos needs the experience.....let's hope for the best.....
on April 14,2013 | 06:10PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Hard to sustain winning on th road. It's all hindsight. Coolen coulda, shoulda, etc. Take the loss and move. on.
on April 14,2013 | 01:14PM
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