(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i softball team (11-10) fell to Longwood, 4-1 on Day Three of the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling Tournament. Hawai'i got a pair of solo home runs by Callee Heen and Nicole Lopez, but it was not enough to defeat the Lancers on Friday night at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. In her third straight start, UH pitcher Dana Thomsen fell to 6-6 on the season, but freshman pitcher came in relief and threw three solid innings to end the game.
Longwood's Jordan Clark led off the game with a home run over the left-centerfield fence. It marked the second straight game that UH gave up a leadoff homer.
In the bottom of the second inning, Callee Heen tied the score at 1-1 with a solo home run to right-centerfield. It marked her team-leading sixth home run of the season and her 15th of her career.
With runners at second and third in the top of the third, Thomsen had walked the batter, but ball four bounced off the backstop. The runner at third tried to score, but catcher Heather Cameron flipped it to Thomsen who was covering for the tagout to end the rally and the inning.
The Lancers posted three runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead. Krista Kelly hit a one out double to left-centerfield to start their rally. Kasey Carr then hit a single up the middle to put two runners on base. After a strikeout, pinch hitter Jenna Dunn hit a three run home run for what proved to be the winning runs.
In the bottom of the seventh, Nicole Lopez drilled her fourth home run of the season to left centerfield. But it was not enough to make up UH's deficit.
Thomsen threw the first four innings, allowing four runs on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Klee did not allow a run in her three innings of work, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts in her longest outing of the season.
Longwood's Sydney Gay improved to 7-5 overall allowing two runs on three hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
Hawai'i continues play on Saturday at 4:00 pm as they take on James Madison on the fourth day of the tourney.