(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i softball team (17-16, 1-3 Big West) held on to a 1-0 victory over Cal Poly (17-16, 1-3 BWC) in UH's Big West home opener. Hawai'i pitcher Dana Thomsen fired a four-hit shutout and Chardonnay Pantastico drilled an RBI-double to earn UH's first conference win of the season on Friday night at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Thomsen threw all seven innings, spacing four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. It was her third shutout of the season and her sixth shutout of her UH career. It was Thomsen's 14th complete game of the year. She is now 10-10 overall and 1-1 in conference. Thomsen faced just 25 batters
Thomsen retired the first 10-straight batters before giving up a single to left with one out in the fourth. Cal Poly's Ramos got a single and was followed by Heyward who laid down a bunt single to put two runners on base with one out. But the 'Bows got a 1-6-4 fielder's choice to get the runner at second and a flyout to center to thwart the rally.
Hawai'i scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Nicole Lopez led off with a single to left. A fielder's choice erased Lopez at second but left Callee Heen safe at first. Heen reached second after the throw from the third baseman to second sailed into right to put runners at first and second. After a pop out to short, Chardonnay Pantastico broke the scoreless game with a double to the right-centerfield gap to score pinch runner Courtney Hiruko from second to give UH a 1-0 lead.
In the sixth, the Mustangs again got back-to-back hits with one out to put runners at first and second. But the 'Bows got a flyout and a groundout to keep Cal Poly off the scoreboard and preserve UH's 1-0 win.
Cal Poly's Lindsey Chalmers suffered the complete game loss, dropping her record to 12-6 overall. She gave up just four hits with one walk in six innings of work.
The win snapped UH's four-game losing streak and marked its first conference win of the season.
The two teams will square off in a series-ending doubleheader on Saturday, April 7. Both games will be played at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.