(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i softball team (23-25, 7-12 Big West) shut down the UC Davis Aggies, 6-0 on Saturday afternoon at La Rue Field in Davis, Calif. Senior pitcher Dana Thomsen stymied the Aggies, firing a four-hit shutout, while UH erupted for five runs in the third, highlighted by a Callee Heen's grand slam that helped Hawaii get back on the winning track.
Thomsen did not allow a runner past second base. She tied her season-high with nine strikeouts while walking no one. She faced just four batters over the minimum. Thomsen evened her record to 15-15 on the season. It marked her 23rd complete game in 31 starts. She now has six shutouts on the season and has thrown 188.2 innings.
The 'Bows rallied for five runs in the third inning. Designated player Madison Veldman was plunked to start things off. Katelyn Mahelona, in her first start of the season, followed with a bunt single to put runners at first and second. Danielle Gavrcielita then loaded the bases beating out an infield single hit to second. After a fielder's choice hit to short erased the runner at the plate, Rachael Turner followed with an RBI single to left to drive in Mahelona from third. Heen then stepped to the plate and launched her 14th home run of the season over the right-centerfield fence for a grand slam, scoring Garcielita, Lopez, Turner, and herself to give UH a 5-0 lead. It marked the sophomore's first career grand slam at UH.
UC Davis then held off the 'Bows until the seventh inning when UH added one run. Garcielita, who tied her career-high with three hits in the game, started the rally with a one out single to shortstop. She went to second on a fielder's choice and hustled into third on and error on the second baseman. Turner then picked up her second RBI of the game, lifting a sacrifice fly to rightfield to drive in Garcielita.
Brooke Yanez started the game and took the loss, throwing the first four innings. She allowed five runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Sara Cadona threw the final three innings and gave up one run on two hits. UCD fell to 25-24 overall and 7-12 in conference.
The two teams will conclude the season with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 12 starting at 9:00 a.m.