(HAWAII ATHLETICS) —The University of Hawai'i softball team (16-16, 0-3 Big West) was swept in Saturday's doubleheader at No. 18 Long Beach State (29-7, 3-0 BWC). The 49ers blanked the 'Bows 8-0 in five innings in the first game and rallied back to take the second game, 6-3 at the Beach Softball Complex on Saturday afternoon. LBSU wins the first conference series of the year, 3-0.
Long Beach 8, Hawai'i 0 (5)
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The Beach got on the scoreboard in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. LBSU got an RBI single and a pair of sacrifice flies to jump out to the early lead.
In the third, the Beach's rallied for five runs—three coming with two outs. Taylor Rowland hit a two-run home run early in the inning. Later after a pop out and a strikeout, LBSU loaded the bases and Naomi Hernandez cleared them with a double to centerfield to give LBSU an 8-0 lead.
LBSU's starter Cielo Meza silenced the 'Bows' bats, as she only gave up one walk with six strikeouts in five innings of work.
UH's Emily Klee suffered her first loss of the season, dropping her record to 2-1 overall in her second career start. She threw 3.0 innings, allowing eight runs on 10 hits with a walk and a strikeout. Dominique Martinez closed the game, retiring the 49ers in order in the bottom of the fourth.
Long Beach State 6, Hawai'i 3
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Long Beach State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. LBSU drew a pair of walks to start the frame. They then followed with a couple of groundouts—the second of which drove in the first run. The second run scored on a wild pitch for the 2-0 lead.
Hawai'i's offense then got on the board for the first time in the series to tie the score at 2-2. UH's first two batters (Callee Heen and Cheeks Ramos) both drew walks to start the rally. Rachael Turner then hit a sharp single right back through the middle to drive in Heen for UH's first run. The 'Bows then went on to load the bases with one out. Alyssa Sojka tied the game hitting a sacrifice fly to drive in Ramos from third to knot the game at 2-2.
In the third inning, UH took its first lead of the series as Heen blasted her 11th home run of the season over the rightfield fence to give UH a 3-2 lead.
UH led until the bottom of the sixth, when the Beach rallied to score four runs to retake the lead for good. LBSU's Julia Lombardi hit a two-run double with one out. Later Long Beach State scored a run each on RBI-singles by Grayce Majam and Hernandez to give LBSU a 6-3 lead with just one inning to play.
UH's Dominique Martinez threw a complete game in her first career start. With the loss, she falls to 0-1 this season. She allowed six runs on 10 hits with three walks. It was her longest outing of the year.
LBSU's Jessica Flores got the start and threw the first three innings but did not figure in the decision. She allowed three runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Devyn Magnett earned the win in relief, throwing the final 4.0 innings. She held the 'Bows scoreless and gave up just two hits with two strikeouts.
The Rainbow Wahine return home this week to face Cal Poly in a three game series. A single game against the Mustangs will be played on April 6 at 6:00 pm with a doubleheader on April 7 beginning at 2:00 pm.