(HAWAII ATHLETICS) —The University of Hawai'i softball team (6-6, 0-0 Big West) returns home after two weeks on the road to host their first tournament of the season. The Texaco Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament (Feb. 28-Mar. 4) will feature visiting teams No. 15 California, Longwood, East Carolina, James Madison and UTEP. UH will open the tournament against California on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7:00 pm. It will be the "Grand Unveiling" of the newly renovated Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
The 'Bows went 2-4 last week, bookending their week with a win at UNLV to end their Marucci Desert Classic and then ended their LMU Tournament in Los Angeles, Calif. with a 6-3 win over Weber State. Callee Heen lead UH last week, hitting at a .368 clip (7-for-19) with two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored. Overall, Heen is third on the squad with a .324 batting average. She is second on the team with 12 hits, seven runs scored. Heen leads UH with three home runs and 12 RBI.
Overall, it is junior third baseman Nicole Lopez who leads UH with a .410 batting average. She has hit safely in 11-of-12 games this season—including the last three and she leads the 'Bows with 16 hits, nine runs scored, four doubles and a slugging percentage of .667. Last week Lopez hit .300 (6-for-20).
Both of UH's starting pitchers—Brittany Hitchcock and Dana Thomsen are 3-3 overall. Thomsen has a 3.00 ERA in 42.0 innings pitched. She has given up 19 runs with nine walks and 29 strikeouts. Hitchcock will bring a 2.97 ERA into this week. She has thrown 30.2 innings, allowing 17 runs on 34 hits with eight walks and 34 strikeouts.
Prior to the opening game against California, there will be a brief ceremony recognizing people responsible for the renovation of the
Texaco Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament Information
Teams: Hawai'i, California, East Carolina, Longwood, James Madison, and UTEP
Dates: Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Sunday, Mar. 4
Promotions: Texaco is the sponsor of the Malahini Kipa Aloha tournament and will provide great prizes for the winners of the popular "Ballpark Bingo." Wednesday's contest will feature a special ceremony commemorating the grand unveiling of the newly renovated Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Game 1: 7:00 pm = Hawai'i vs. California
Game 2: 1:00 pm - UTEP vs. California
Game 3: 3:30 pm - UTEP vs. Longwood
Game 4: 6:00 pm - Hawai'i vs. Longwood
Game 5: 11:00 am - California vs. James Madison
Game 6: 1:30 pm - UTEP vs. James Madison
Game 7: 4:00 pm - Longwood vs. East Carolina
Game 8: 6:30 pm - Hawai'i vs. East Carolina
Game 9: 11:00 am - East Carolina vs. California
Game 10: 1:00 pm - East Carolina vs. James Madison
Game 11: 3:00 pm - Longwood vs. James Madison
Game 12: 5:00 pm - Hawai'i vs. UTEP
Game 13: 9:00 am - California vs. Longwood
Game 14: 11:30 am - East Carolina vs. UTEP
Game 15: 2:00 pm - Hawai'i vs. UTEP
Game 16: 4:00 pm - Hawai'i vs. James Madison
Livestats: Live in-game stats will be available at HawaiiAthletics.com.
Television: OC Sports will broadcast Friday night's doubleheader with Scott Robbs handling the play-by-play and Lori Santi serving as the color analyst. Fans can catch the action live on Oceanic Time Warner Cable Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD) –or- Hawaiian Telcom Channel 89 (SD) and 1089 (HD).
Live Video Streaming: Live video streaming will be available for Friday's doubleheader for mainland fans. Go to the HawaiiAthletics.com softball schedule page for links.