HONOLULU—The University of Hawai'i softball team (22-25, 6-11 Big West) fell twice to CSUN on Senior Day at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. The Matadors shut out the Rainbow Wahine 3-0 in the first game, then pulled away to win 10-4 in the rubber match and series finale on Saturday afternoon. It was the final home game for five Rainbow Wahine seniors—Danielle Garcielita, Jordian Hicks, Courtney Hiruko, Dana Thomsen and Danielle Garcielita.
CSUN 3, Hawai'i 0
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The Matadors scored first, posting one run in the top of the second. CSUN's Haileigh Gonzalez led off with a single to right-center. She moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a sacrifice bunt. Gator Rascon then lined out to second, but on the play the second baseman tried to double off Gonzalez at third, but the throw was in the dirt and went to the fence to allowing the run to score.
In the top of the fifth, CSUN's Savannah Horvath hit a two-run home run over the centerfield fence. CSUN got two more hits before UH starter Dominique Martinez was lifted and Emily Klee entered the game in the circle. Klee was able to get out of the inning and did not allow a run the rest of the way.
UH's Martinez took the loss falling to 1-5. She therw 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on 12 hits with a strikeout. Klee threw the final 2.2 innings. She did not allow a run while giving up two hits with a walk.
CSUN's Taylor Troost earned the win, improving to 9-11 overall. She tossed a complete game shutout, spacing four UH hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
CSUN 10, Hawai'i 4
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CSUN's Journey Rojas hit a solo home run to start the second inning, giving the Matadors an early 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, UH overtook the Matadors, posting three runs. UH loaded the bases with one out. Chardonnay Pantastico was hit by the pitch to start the inning. Danille Garcielita then laid down a sacrifice bunt that the Matadors unsuccessfully tried to get the lead runner out at second. Rachael Turner then was walked to load the bases and that ended the day for CSUN starter Taylor Troost. The Matadors brought in Jillian James to pitch to Callee Heen who drew another walk to drive in Pantastico. Cheeks Ramos then hit a hard hit single that ricocheted off the first baseman and off of Heen running to second that scored Garcielita. Britnee Rossi drew the third walk of the inning to force pinch runner Heather Cameron across the plate. CSUN then brought in Kennedy Jamerson to pitch. She immediately got out of the jam, getting a line drive caught by their first baseman who then stepped on the bag to double off the runner.
CSUN then tied the score at 3-3 in the top of the of the fourth on a two out, two-run single by Raquel Jaime.
The Matodors retook the lead, tagging UH for three runs in the top of the fifth. CSUN scored on a two-run home run by Megan Stevens and later an RBI single by Kira Cauley for a 6-3 lead.
CSUN put the game out of reach as they extended their lead to 10-3 in the top of the seventh on a two out, Jessica Alexander grand slam hit over the leftfield fence.
Hawai'i was able to get one run back in the bottom of the inning. Madison Veldman led off the inning with a double down the leftfield line. After a groundout to the pitcher, Nicole Lopez lined a double to the leftcenterfield gap off the fence to drive in Veldman from second.
UH's Dana Thomsen threw a complete game in the loss, dropping her record to 14-15 overall. She allowed 10 runs on 13 hits with four walks.
CSUN's third pitcher, Jamerson earned the win to improve to 3-2. She held the 'Bows at bay, giving up just one run on three hits with three strikeouts. CSUN starter Taylor Troost threw the first 2.1 innings allowing three runs on two hits with a walk. Middle reliever Jillian James did not record an out in the third inning, but allowed two outs and gave up one hit.
Hawai'i will end the 2018 season on the road this year. Next week they will end the season with a three game conference series at UC Davis.