(HAWAII ATHLETICS) —The University of Hawai'i softball team (22-23, 6-10) held off CSUN to open their last homestand with a 3-2 win. UH starter Dana Thomsen evened her record to 14-14 overall while Alyssa Sojka hit what proved to be a game winning home run in the sixth to lead the 'Bows to the win on Friday night at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Field.
Thomsn gave up two runs on five hits In her 21st complete game of the year. The senior hurler issued one walk while striking out four.
The Rainbow Wahine scored first, loading the bases on a leadoff hit by Danielle Garcielita and two out walks to Callee Heen and Cheeks Ramos. Britnee Rossi was then plunked to force Garcielita across the plate for an early 1-0 lead. CSUN starter Cheyenne Noli was then relieved by Jillian James who snuffed out the rally getting a strikeout to end the inning.
CSUN tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the third. After getting a strikeout for the first out. J. Julianna Martinez drew a walk. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mackenzie Babbitt, but Martinez scooted to third on an error on the second baseman covering first on the throw. The next batter, then lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Martinez to knot the score.
Hawai'i took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Rachael Turner started things with a single to right-center. Later with two outs, Callee Heen drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Pinch runner Heather Cameron then advanced to third on a flyout to center. Then with two outs and runners at the corners, pinch runner Courtney Hiruko drew the throw down at second trying to get in a pickle, but the throw from the catcher bounced in the throw into center which allows Cameron to score.
In the bottom of the sixth, Alyssa Sojka smacked her second home run of the season, over the centerfield fence. She gave Hawai'i a 3-1 lead going into the final frame.
CSUN however was not done and mounted a rally that scored one run and ended the game with runners at the corners. Haileigh Gonzalez reached first on a fielding error at short. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by kira Cauley. After a pop out to third, Julia Martinez hit a single to right centerfield to drive in Gonzalez. Mackenzie Babbit then singled up the middle to put runners at first and third. But UH ended the game on a groundout to short.
CSUN's starter Noli got the first two outs for the Matadors, allowing one run on one hit with two walks and a beaned batter. The Matadors' reliever James took the loss, threw the final 5.1 innings. She allowed two runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
The same two teams will square off in a series ending doubleheader on Saturday with the first pitch scheduled for 2:00 pm. It will be senior days for the 'Bows as five will make their final appearance for the Rainbow Wahine—Danielle Garcielita, Jordian Hicks, Courtney Hiruko, Dana Thomsen and Rachael Turner.