(HAWAII ATHLETICS) —The University of Hawai'i softball team (21-23, 5-10 Big West) dropped both games of Saturday's doubleheader. The Rainbow Wahine fell in a pitcher's duel, 1-0 then was overwhelmed, 10-2 in five innings in the rubber game at the Amy S. Harrison Field in Riverside, Calif.
UC Riverside 1, Hawai'i 0
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The Rainbow Wahine and the Highlanders were locked in a pitcher's duel in Saturday's first game. UH starter Dana Thomsen gave up just one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in a complete-game effort. She faced just three batters over the minimum.
UCR starter Tayler Misfeldt also fired a complete game, shutting down the UH offense. She held UH scoreless for the seventh time this season, allowing just three hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.
The Highlanders scored the only run of the game in the third inning. Seanna Garewal led off with a double to right-centerfield. After a batter interference call and a flyout to center, Hannah Rodriguez drove in Garewal from second with another double for what proved to be the winning run in the 1-0 game.
Hawai'i had at least one runner on in every inning but the second and sixth. But only one runner was able to advance to second and one made it to third in the game.
UC Riverside 10, Hawai'i 2 (5 innings)
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The Highlanders jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning, linking four hits and a walk together all with two outs. UCR then extended their lead to 4-0 in the second frame scoring on an RBI single by Emma Ramalot thad drove in Brittney Garcia.
Hawai'i cut their deficit in half, scoring two runs in the top of the third. UH's Danielle Garcielita led off with a double to left-centerfield. Then after a pop out to first and a strikeout, Callee Heen pulled a double to the right-centerfield gap to drive in Garcielita. Cheeks Ramos then followed with an RBI-single to drive in Heen.
UCR then erupted for six runs in the fifth inning to end the game by the mercy rule, 10-2. The Highlanders tallied the six runs on five hits plus a walk and an error.
UH's starter Dominique Martinez suffered the loss, dropping her record to 1-4. She gave up six runs on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout in 4.1 innings pitched. Thomsen did not record an out but came in relief of Martinez in the fifth inning. She allowed four runs on three hits with a walk.
Hailey Dolcini earned the win to improve to 13-8 overall. She allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings of work.
The Rainbow Wahine will return to host their final home series of the season. The 'Bows will take on CSUN in a three game conference series beginning on May 4 at 6:00 pm and ending with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 5 with the first pitch slated for 2:00 pm. Saturday will also be Senior Day at the ballpark for five Rainbow Wahine—Danielle Garcielita, Jordian Hicks, Courtney Hiruko, Dana Thomsen and Rachael Turner.