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Ricketts named WAC pitcher of week

Hawaii junior Stephanie Ricketts’ strong finish to the regular season earned her the Western Athletic Conference pitcher of the week award yesterday.

Ricketts picked up her second award of the season and seventh of her career after holding San Jose State to one run and seven hits in two complete-game wins against San Jose State. She posted her ninth shutout of the season and allowed two hits in an 8-0 win in the series opener last Friday. She then closed the regular season by striking out eight in UH’s 3-1 win on Saturday.

Ricketts’ 13 strikeouts in the series moved her within two of UH’s career record of 585 held by Brooke Wilkins.

The Rainbow Wahine (36-16, 14-7 WAC) open defense of their WAC tournament title tomorrow against Utah State in Fresno, Calif. The game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Hawaii time.

Tuson-Turner makes all-conference

Hawaii’s Hannah Tuson-Turner was named to the All-Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference team for the fourth straight year yesterday.

Tuson-Turner, a senior skipper from Orcas Island, Wash., led the Rainbow Wahine to a second-place finish in the PCCSC women’s championship two weeks ago. She also helped Hawaii win the South Florida Intersectional earlier this season.

The Rainbow Wahine head to the ICSA women’s national semifinals, May 23-24, at Cascade Locks, Ore.

Hawaii gymnasts win medals

Two Hawaii female gymnasts from the Hawaiian Island Twisters Gym won four medals at the Western Junior Olympic National Championship last weekend in San Diego.

Daisha Paulino finished seventh in all-around, second on the uneven bar and sixth on the vault. Kristi Hayashida finished fourth in floor exercise.

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