(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i softball team (10-8, 0-0 Big West) split its Sunday doubleheader to complete play in the Texaco Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament. Hawai'i pulled away from UTEP, 6-2, but fell to James Madison in a pitcher's duel, 1-0 in the final game of the tourney. JMU went undefeated in the tournament to take the tile on Sunday afternoon at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Hawai'i 6, UTEP 2
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Hawai'i got on the scoreboard first. Rachael Turner reached first after getting plunked with two outs. Nicole Lopez followed with a double to the right-centerfield gap which pushed Turner to third. Lopez then stole second and Turner stole home on the double steal for the early 1-0 lead.
In the third, UH added another run. Pinch-hitter Jennifer Iseri started things with a one out, opposite field single to left. Turner followed with a hard-hit single to left. After a flyout to left, Callee Heen drove in Iseri from second on an RBI-double to the right-centerfield gap.
UTEP knotted the score at 2-2 on a two-run home run by Kacey Duffield in the top of the second.
Hawai'i responded an inning later, scoring four runs to reclaim a 6-2 lead. Turner drew a lead-off walk and Heen then blasted a two-run home run to left-centerfield. It marked her second home run in the tourney and second against UTEP. The homer was Heen's fifth of the year and 14th of her career. UH went on to load the bases as Heather Cameron singled, Alyssa Sojka was hit by a pitch and Britnee Rossi walked. Danielle Garcielita then laced a single up the middle to drive in both Sojka and pinch runner Courtney Hiruko.
Thomsen earned the complete game win. She allowed two runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
UTEP starter Devyn Cretz threw three innings as the starter. She allowed two runs on four hits with a strikeout. Julia Wright took the loss and dropped to 2-5 on the season. She threw the last three innings, allowing four runs on four hits with three walks.
James Madison 1, Hawai'i 0
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UH's second game of the day was a pitcher's duel between Brittany Hitchcock and the Dukes' Odicci Alexander.
James Madison scored the only run of the game in the top of the fifth. Pinch hitter Natalie Cutright drew a walk with one out. A single moved Madison Naujokas, who reentered the game for Cutright, to second and later scored on a Cambry Arnold who snuck a single past the shortstop into left-centerfield to drive in Naujokas.
In the loss, Hitchcock fired a complete game, dropping her record to 5-4. She allowed the one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
JMU's Alexander threw a complete game as well, spacing three hits with no walks and five strikeouts. She improved to 8-1 on the season.
UH continues their 18-game homestand next week as the 'Bows host the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling Tournament. Arkansas Pine Bluff, BYU, East Carolina, James Madison, and Longwood will be in Honolulu to compete in the five-day tournament.
Texaco Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament Team
Courtney Clayton, UTEP
Jessica Smith, Longwood
Odicci Alexander, James Madison
Morgan Tolle, James Madison
Jazmyn Jackson, California
Brittany Hitchcock, Hawai'i
Callee Heen, Hawai'i
Mikayla Coelho, California
Sara Jubas, James Madison
Krista Kelly, Longwood
Karleigh Donovan, Longwood
Most Valuable Player - Katie Gordon, James Madison
Most Valuable Pitcher - Kamalani Dung, California