(HAWAII ATHLETICS) —The University of Hawai'i softball team (20-18, 4-5 Big West) fell twice in a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday afternoon at Campus Diamond in Santa Barbara, Calif. In the first game the Gauchos came out on top, 8-0 in six innings while the second game went to extra innings with UCSB edging out the Rainbow Wahine, 6-5.
UC Santa Barbara 8, Hawai'i 0 (Six innings)
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The opening game of the day was a scoreless battle until the bottom of the fourth when Rayna Cohen drilled a two-RBI double to give the Gauchos a quick 2-0 lead.
The next inning, UCSB added four more runs on a two-RBI double by Maci Fines and a two-run home run by Sierra Altmeyer.
Then the Gauchos ended the game via the mercy rule by scoring their final two runs in the sixth inning. UCSB capitalized on an error on the second baseman to score to drive in Maci Fines. Ant the game ended on an RBI single by Genesis Ramirez to score Fines for the 8-0 win.
In the loss, UH's Dana Thomsen (12-11) threw a complete game. She gave up eight runs on 11 hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
UCSB's Felisha Noriega earned the complete game win to improve to 5-5. In 6.0 innings pitched, she gave up just two hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.
UCSB 6, Hawai'i 5 (8 innings)
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UCSB took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Samantha Lujan drew a walk with the bases loaded and A Lazatin hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Menor.
Hawai'i tied the game in the top of the fourth. Nicole Lopez led off with a single down the leftfield line. Callee Heen then tied the score at 2-2 with a blast over the right-centerfield fence. It marked Heen's team-leading 13the home run of the season and 22nd of the sophomore's career.
But the Gauchos answered by taking a 5-3 lead scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The first one scored on an RBI-groundout to short by Altmeyer. Ramirez followed with an RBI double to score Alyssa Diaz and Cohen hit an RBI single to left-centerfield.
UH however battled back in the top of the fifth. After a groundout, Rachael Turner started the rally off with a single to left-center. Heen then reached on an unsuccessful fielder's choice to put two runners aboard. Madison Veldman then hit a single up the middle to load the bases. Britnee Rossi then came through with a bases-clearing triple to tie the game at 5-5.
Hawai'i had an opportunity to score in the top of the eighth. Turner led off with a single to left and went to second on a Heen walk. Ramos pushed both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt but UCSB escaped getting a pop out to short and a pop out to third to thwart the 'Bows' rally.
UC Santa Barbara tallied one run to edge out the 'Bows in the bottom of the eighth. Cohen led off by reaching first on an error on the shortstop. She moved to second on a groundout by Alyssa Lazatin. Cohen then scored on a single to the right-center gap as the Gauchos captured the series, 2-1 and won the game 6-5.
Rookie right-hander Dominique Martinez made the longest appearance of her career, throwing a complete game into the eighth inning. She allowed six runs on 10 hits with two walks.
Noriega threw the first 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Lena Mayer earned the win to improve to 4-8, throwing 2.2 shutout innings. She gave up just one hit with a walk and three strikeouts.
The Rainbow Wahine return to host league leader Cal State Fullerton (23-20, 8-1 Big West). The teams will square off in a single game on Friday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday, April 21 beginning at 2:00 p.m.