(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i softball team (11-11, 0-0 Big West) fell to James Madison on Day Four of the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling Tournament, 12-1 in six innings. Rainbow Wahine starter Dana Thomsen took the loss in her fourth-straight start in as many days. Rachael Turner led UH at the plate, going 3-for-3 at the plate (career-high) and rookie Mama Rivera picked up her first collegiate hit on Saturday night at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
James Madison (17-5) scored in bunches—seven runs in the second inning and five more in the sixth, en route to a mercy-rule win in the sixth as UH went through three pitcher to try to stymie the Dukes.
The 'Bows avoided the shutout, posting one out in the bottom of the sixth. Callee Heen reached a single through the second baseman. On the play, a fielding error on the rightfielder allowed Heen to hustle into third. Rachael Turner then drove in Heen from third with a single to center for UH's lone run of the game.
Thomsen threw the first inning and two-thirds, allowing seven runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Emily Klee came in relief in the second inning and got out of the inning on a line out to left after a walk. She threw three and a third innings and allowed five runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout. Dominique Martinez came into the game during the top of the sixth inning. She tossed one inning allowing one hit.
JMU's Payton Buresch threw a complete game and improved to 8-4 on the season. She gave up one run while scattering six hits. She did not walk anyone and had one strikeout.
Hawai'i will conclude the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling Tournament on Sunday as they will take on Arkansas Pine Bluff at 11:00 a.m. at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.