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UH softball team beats Minnesota in NCAA tournament opener

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:54 p.m. HST, May 17, 2013

The University of Hawaii softball team opened the NCAA tournament with a 3-0 win over Minnesota today in Seattle.

UH senior Kaia Parnaby won a duel of 30-game winners by throwing her 12th shutout of the season. She improved to 38-5 while holding Minnesota to four hits, striking out eight and walking one.

Senior shortstop Jessica Iwata went 3-for-3 and contributed a two-run single in UH's decisive rally in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Rainbow Wahine (44-11) advanced to the winner's bracket in the double-elimination regional at Husky Softball Stadium. They will next face Washington, which defeated Portland State 2-1 on Friday.

The UH-Washington game will be played on Saturday at 10 a.m. Hawaii time. If UH wins, it will advance to Sunday's final round. If the Rainbow Wahine lose on Saturday, they will play at 3 p.m. against the winner of the Minnesota/Portland State game.

The pitchers controlled the game through four innings as Parnaby and Minnesota ace Sara Moulton allowed five hits between them and combined for 10 strikeouts before UH broke through in the fifth.

Minnesota threatened in the top of the fifth when Erica Meyer led off with a looping single into shallow right field and was sacrificed to second. But Parnaby got out of the inning by striking out Alex Davis and Erika Smyth.

With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Sharla Kliebenstein doubled to the left-center gap for UH's fourth hit of the game. Moulton struck out Brynne Buchanan for the second out then intentionally walked Kelly Majam.

Kayla Wartner drew another walk to load the bases for Keiki Carlos, who slapped a 1-1 pitch to the left side of the infield. Shortstop Tyler Walker fielded the chopper but had no play and Kliebenstein scored the game's first run on the infield single.

Iwata drilled the next pitch into center field to score Majam and pinch runner Kiani Wong and give UH a 3-0 lead.

Parnaby gave up a walk in the sixth and a double in the seventh, but preserved the shutout. After Meyer doubled with one out in the seventh, Parnaby got Paige Palkovich to fly out to center and Davis popped out to shortstop on Parnaby's 101st pitch of the game.

Moulton (31-11) gave up six hits, struck out six and walked two and took the loss as Minnesota (35-18) fell into the loser's bracket.

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64hoo wrote:
uh won nothing new here old news, i already reported that Hawaii won 3-0 look on the top stories number 6 where it says teams will go with aces. sa you are to slow in reporting the score its good to best the sa by putting something in the news before them. go wahine.
on May 17,2013 | 02:38PM
Dave_Reardon wrote:
Congratulations on "breaking" the news. Your medal is in the mail. Did your "report" also include the details in this story?
on May 17,2013 | 02:42PM
64hoo wrote:
did not want to steal your whole story. watched the game and just gave the score the rest of the story is yours.
on May 17,2013 | 03:03PM
64hoo wrote:
no I did not put the details in the story, only reported the score I watched the game so I would let you guys tell the story
on May 17,2013 | 03:07PM
64hoo wrote:
did not want to steal your thunder.
on May 17,2013 | 03:08PM
kailua1044 wrote:
whatever dude. geez
on May 17,2013 | 02:46PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Oh great another I/me man.
on May 17,2013 | 02:59PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Can't figure out what is worse, the guy claiming credit for "breaking" a story or the Star Advertiser columnist feeling the need to take to the comments sections to respond.
on May 17,2013 | 04:34PM
808Cindy wrote:
Congratulations Wahine !! Imua !!
on May 17,2013 | 02:48PM
kailua1044 wrote:
Imua Rainbow Wahine!!!!
on May 17,2013 | 02:53PM
Kiyoshi2011 wrote:
Go girls!
on May 17,2013 | 02:56PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Go Wahine!, or was I supposed to say Rainbow Wahine? Ben Jay, please clarify!
on May 17,2013 | 03:33PM
BonDancr wrote:
Go Rainbow Wahine - - - all the way!
on May 17,2013 | 03:37PM
huponews wrote:
Does any one know why the game wasn't on ocsports.tv computer like the paper said? Could't find the game...junk!
on May 17,2013 | 03:50PM
ya_think wrote:
The game was broadcast on Oceanic 16, it was live streamed on the Pac12.com site. Was also on ESPN radio 1420
on May 17,2013 | 05:33PM
ya_think wrote:
64hoo just be happy they won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No Ack!!!!!!!!!!!!
on May 17,2013 | 05:35PM
nitpikker wrote:
go lady bows!!!
on May 17,2013 | 05:47PM
Grammy wrote:
Well played in all areas, offense, defense, and pitching each made small but timely contributions to final score and shutout. This is the post season and its only supposed to get harder the deeper you go. No gimmes from now on so Wahine must stay 'strong' and take what the pitcher and defense give them while not allowing the other team to make them pay for small mistakes. The whole lineup kept pressure on Moulton while Kaia was keeping their hitters off balance. Good game, Go Wahine! Stay strong, represent!
on May 17,2013 | 05:57PM
huponews wrote:
Thanks...y-u think,will it be the same tomorrow....got no cable...watch everything on computer.
on May 17,2013 | 06:40PM
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