The University of Hawaii softball team closed its first homestand of the season with a 4-1 loss to UMKC today at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
UMKC scratched out two runs in the top of the first inning, added two more in the seventh and held off the Rainbow Wahine (4-2) to earn its first win of the season.
UMKC freshman right-hander Lacie Bullard struck out four, walked four and allowed five hits in a complete-game victory.
UH junior Kanani Aina Cabrales struck out three and walked none in the loss. Aina Cabrales (2-1) was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week earlier in the day after throwing two shutouts in the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic.
The Wahine embark on their first road trip of the season on Tuesday and open the DeMarini Desert Classic against BYU on Thursday in Las Vegas, Nev.
UMKC (1-5) took the lead in the first inning when Brooke Parker and Kameron Fisher led off the game with singles and advanced on a passed ball. Parker then scored the first run off of Aina Cabrales this season on Katie Kelley’s ground out to shortstop. Fisher later came around on Rachel Pate’s flare into left field.
UH answered with a run in the bottom of the second on Sarah Muzik’s RBI single, but the Wahine left the bases loaded and went on to leave nine runners on base in the game.
UMKC pulled away with two more runs in the seventh. Morgan Byrn led off with a double, moved to third on a bunt and scored on Alex Gale’s squeeze bunt. Parker added an two-out RBI single to center to score Ashlin O’Brien with the final run.