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Rainbow Wahine rally past Longwood 8-3

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The University of Hawaii softball team continued its power surge in an 8-3 win over Longwood on Saturday in the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament.

The Rainbow Wahine (11-8) hit three home runs after falling behind 3-0 and Kanani Aina Cabrales threw five innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Rachel Lack, Ulu Matagiese and Heather Morales went deep for UH, which has 10 home runs in three games in the tournament.

The tournament closes Sunday with UH facing San Jose State at 3 p.m. at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

Longwood (2-6) jumped ahead in the top of the first when Emily Murphy led off with a double, advanced on a single and scored on a ground out.

The Lancers extended the lead on the first pitch of the second inning when Jamie Barbour homered to center and Murphy delivered an RBI single with two out to give Longwood a 3-0 lead.

Lack sparked the UH offense with a two-out home run in the second and the Wahine took the lead with another two-out rally in the third.

UH loaded the bases and Leisha Li’ili’i drilled a single up the middle to score Tayana Mata and Keiki Carlos with the tying runs.

Matagiese followed with her second home run in as many games, a blast over the net beyond the left-field fence, to push UH ahead 6-3.

Morales hit her second home run of the tournament in the fifth inning and her two-run line shot to left gave the Wahine a five-run cushion.

Aina Cabrales (6-5) entered the game in the third in relief of Brittany Hitchcock and held Longwood to two hits while striking out seven.

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