Rachel Lack’s two-run home run and Brittany Hitchcock’s second complete-game performance this weekend gave the University of Hawaii a split of Saturday’s Big West softball doubleheader at CSUN and the series win against the league-leading Matadors.
After Hitchcock earned a win in Friday’s series opener, CSUN freshman Zoe Conley held the Rainbow Wahine to three hits in the Matadors’ 2-0 in in Saturday’s opening game at Matador Diamond. With the win, CSUN (40-12, 15-3 Big West) clinched at least a tie for the Big West title.
The outright claim to the crown would have to wait as UH (29-22, 10-8) won the deciding game of the series 2-1, led by Lack’s homer and Hitchcock’s effort in the circle.
CSUN starter Brianna Elder held UH without a hit going into the fourth inning before Lack hit a blast to left field with Kristina Akiona on base to give UH the lead.
CSUN responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, but Hitchcock held off the Matadors the rest of the way and earned the win despite the Matadors racking up 12 hits to UH’s three.
In Saturday’s first game, Conley struck out five and walked two and CSUN scored on Taylor Glover’s inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the first and Katie Hooper’s RBI single in the fifth.
Kanani Aina Cabrales gave up eight hits, struck out three and walked none and went the distance for UH in the loss.
UH closes the season with a series against UC Davis starting Friday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.