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UH’s Parnaby shares WAC pitching award

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Kaia Parnaby, who is 5-1 with a 1.40 ERA for the Rainbow Wahine, earned WAC honors yesterday.
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Kaia Parnaby’s perfect performance on Saturday earned her a conference honor yesterday.

The Hawaii left-hander was named a Western Athletic Conference softball co-pitcher of the week after throwing the first perfect game of her college career in last weekend’s Bank of Hawaii Invitational.

New Mexico State’s Hoku Nohara, a Kamehameha graduate, was named the league’s hitter of the week. Parnaby shared the pitching award with Boise State’s Aubray Zell, who went 2-0 with a no-hitter.

Parnaby, a sophomore from Australia, retired all 21 batters she faced in UH’s 6-0 win over Weber State last Saturday. She matched a career high with 12 strikeouts in the program’s first seven-inning perfect game since Justine Smethurst shut down Utah State on May 5, 2006. Stephanie Ricketts threw a five-inning perfect game at Nevada last season.

Parnaby is 5-1 and lowered her earned-run average to a WAC-best 1.40. She has 49 strikeouts against eight walks in 40 innings.

Nohara, a senior from Waimanalo, hit six home runs and drove in 11 runs in five games in the Arizona State Wilson/DeMarini Invitational. She hit .500 over the weekend with a 1.625 slugging percentage and raised her season home run total to 14.

Nohara enters the week as the WAC’s leading hitter at .460 and also tops the conference in home runs and RBIs (40).

Hawaii (16-4) will face the Tokyo Women’s College of Physical Education in an exhibition game on Thursday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. The Wahine will also play Longwood, Miami (Ohio) and South Dakota State in the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament this weekend.

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