Hawaii pitchers Kanani Aina Cabrales and Brittany Hitchcock turned in shutout performances to lead the Rainbow Wahine softball team to a doubleheader sweep today in the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic.
Aina Cabrales held Ole Miss to four hits, walked three and struck out three in UH’s 3-0 win in its first game of the evening at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Hitchcock then went the distance in her second shutout of the tournament in a 1-0 win over UMKC. She struck out four and walked none while holding UMKC to four hits and the Wahine gave head coach Bob Coolen his 900th win at UH.
Aina Cabrales got the offensive support she needed against Ole Miss in UH’s three-run fifth inning. Freshman third baseman Nicole Lopez opening the scoring with an RBI double down the third base line to drive in Breanna Ojala. Sarah Muzik then scored from third on a wild pitch and Lopez came in on Heather Morales’ sacrifce fly to the center field fence.
Lopez struck again against UMKC by hitting her first collegiate home run in the bottom of the third to account for the game’s lone run.
UH (3-0) will be the top seed in Saturday’s bracket portion of the tournament and faces UMKC (0-3) again at 11:30 a.m. Ole Miss (2-1) plays Saint Mary’s (1-2) at 9:30 a.m. The losers meet for third place at 1:30 p.m. with the championship game to follow at approximately 3:30.