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UH softball: Long Beach State sweeps doubleheader

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:26 a.m. HST, Apr 28, 2013

Long Beach State hit eight home runs in sweeping today's doubleheader against the University of Hawaii softball team.

The 49ers hit four homers in a 14-7 win in the first game and four more in an 11-3 five-inning victory in the finale to claim the Big West series.

The Rainbow Wahine fell to 38-10 overall and 15-3 in Big West play. LBSU improved to 32-20 and 14-7 and closed to within 2 1/2 games behind first-place UH in the conference standings.

A day after being hit in the face by a hard chopper back to the circle, UH senior Kaia Parnaby was in the dugout but didn't pitch. Freshman Loie Kesterson started both games and took the losses.

LBSU's run total in the opener was the highest given up by UH this season and pitcher Erin Jones-Wesley struck out eight and held the Wahine offense to two runs on two hits in 5 2/3 innings of relief.

UH center fielder Kelly Majam homered in her first two at-bats, but the Wahine went without a hit from the third to sixth innings.

Kesterson gave up back-to-back infield singles to open the first inning. After two flyouts, Karli  Sandoval gave the 49ers a 3-0 lead with a home run to center field.

Majam answered for UH in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff homer to center, the 70th of her career and 16th of the season.

LBSU scored twice in the second to take a 5-1 lead that UH erased in the bottom of the inning. Majam homered again, this time with two runners on, to cut the lead to 5-4. Kayla Wartner and Keiki Carlos walked and advanced on a groundout. Jones-Wesley was called for two illegal pitches, the first scoring Wartner with the tying run and the second bringing Carlos in with the go-ahead run.

Kesterson got the first two outs of the third before giving up back-to-back home runs to Sarah Carrasco and Nalani St. Germain.

Carlos was summoned to pitch for the first time since March 15 and gave up an RBI double to Shayna Kimbrough before getting out of the third with LBSU leading 8-6.

The 49ers put together a three-run rally with two out in the sixth and scored three more in the seventh with Hannah De Gaetano providing the final blow with a two-run homer.

Kesterson got the start again in the series finale and 49ers continued their power surge with Darian Tautalafua hitting a two-run homer with two out in the first inning.

De Gaetano's two-out RBI single in the third pushed the lead to 3-0 and the 49ers pulled away with a five-run fourth capped by Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi's two-run homer.

Carrasco and St. Germain hit back-to-back homers in the fifth and LBSU led 11-0.

UH rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning, two scoring on Jazmine Zamora's single with the bases loaded, but the Wahine couldn't extend the game.

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bumbye wrote:
The pitching staff and coach need to work harder. Does that mean the Wahine can't win without Parnaby. We can't just rely on one arm for the whole season.
on April 27,2013 | 06:17PM
Morimoto wrote:
If you know anything about softball, you'll know that's how it is in women's softball a lot of times. A lot of teams rely mainly on one or two pitchers for the whole season. Yes, it pretty much means UH can't win against good teams without Parnaby. No matter how hard the pitching staff and coaches work the other two pitchers are still freshmen and can't even come close to Parnaby. Unless Parnaby can pitch again soon, UH may miss the NCAA tournament, as probably only one BWC team will make it. Even if they do make it to the NCAAs without Parnaby, they won't win a game once there if she's out.
on April 27,2013 | 07:11PM
808comp wrote:
Wahine's drop second game 11-3. Game ended on the 8 run rule in the 5th. Did not expect the Wahine's to win today,becaus e of their pitching, and Long Beach is a good hitting team. Can't expect much from the new pitchers,but they should improve next year. Majam played a heck of a game,both offense and defense.Hope Parnaby will be back next weekend.
on April 27,2013 | 06:47PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
I think the coaching staff had high hopes for Keiki Carlos to be a solid number 2 but that did not materialize. I'm sure Parnaby will be ok for the next series. This team will bounce back from these two losses.
on April 27,2013 | 07:20PM
ski3779 wrote:
oldertimer808, as long as Parnaby is in the pitching circle, otherwise, we will see more of the same thing next weekend. The Wahine's season, rest on the broad shoulder of Kaia Parnaby,, and how quickly she can get back into the pitching circle.
on April 27,2013 | 10:02PM
buds4life wrote:
Tough series but not unexpected when your one and only quality pitcher goes down. Although this season is far from over, I have serious concerns of next years team. Are these freshman pitchers capable of becoming " Parnaby" quality type players in their 2nd year? If not , then what does Coolen do?
on April 27,2013 | 09:14PM
ski3779 wrote:
There are BIG concerns by Coach Coolen going into next year, With not only losing Parnaby, but also Kelly Majam, and Jessica Iwata. He did recruit and sign 4 high school players, 2 of which are pitchers. There will be a lot of pressure on them to contribute right away as freshmen, if the Wahine are going to do anything next year.
on April 27,2013 | 09:57PM
ski3779 wrote:
According to Coach Coolen, without Parnaby in the pitching circle, the Wahine will not make the NCAA Tournament. He was told by the NCAA Selection Committee, if they do not win the BWC, and if Parnaby is not in the pitching circle before the selection time, the Wahine will not be selected as an at-large team. Coach Coolen also says, both Loie and Keiki are not Division I ready. He goes so far as to say, Loie did not do enough to get herself ready to pitch at the Division I level, and Keiki pitches scared, and he will not use Keiki in the pitching circle anymore this season.
on April 27,2013 | 09:50PM
Grammy wrote:
Things went against against Wahine big time today. Perfect day, light breeze, LBSU knew they wouldn't see ace of staff, they had their ace ready to come in if needed and she was, but Wahine didn't get any timely hitting at all. They were beaten by the better team TODAY, but they are not done by any stretch of the imagination. I'm certain that Parnaby will be back on the mound before Pacific, but look forward to the Frosh arms to see action first and Kaia being held in reserve until she is totally ready to start and finish important games. You can't win if you don't score and the other teams will be looking to get the early lead and wait for the Frosh to play like freshmen. The reliance on one arm is a softball thing, sure, but the team can rise to overcome this adversity and will have to do just that until Kaia is ready and 100% again. Go Wahine! Pull yourself out of this. Each player must do their part offensively and defensively. There aren't any 3 run plays or miracle finishes without TEAM effort. And teams are only as strong as their weakest link cause going through the lineup will always expose that link during the game. Go Bows! Rise above and let your light shine and fill the Manoa skies with the brightest colors of the Rainbow!
on April 28,2013 | 12:25AM
mctruck wrote:
Still in it......GO get'um Wahines.
on April 28,2013 | 02:58AM
aja wrote:
Now we know how other teams feel like when the wahine go on a homerun binge. It's not a whole lot of fun. That's how it is sometimes. What goes around, comes around.
on April 28,2013 | 10:39PM
aja wrote:
We also didn't play particularly well in the field either. Our defense needs to do a better job fielding their positions, thereby helping our pitchers. When you don't field the ball, you extend the inning. You can't be giving any team extra opportunities to score.
on April 29,2013 | 12:36AM
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