Dino Fires No Hitter To Shutout St. Mary's; Softball Holds Off Fresno State
The University of Hawaii softball team (4-1, 0-0 Big West) swept its two games to conclude the 2019 Hawai'i Paradise Classic on Saturday night at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
HONOLULU—The University of Hawaii softball team (4-1, 0-0 Big West) swept its two games to conclude the 2019 Hawai'i Paradise Classic on Saturday night at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. In the first game, freshman pitcher Izzy Dino fired a six-inning, no-hit shutout and in the second game, the Rainbow Wahine held off former Western Athletic Conference rival, Fresno State as Callee Heen launched a late-inning home run and Emily Klee earned her first win of the season in relief.
The no-hitter was Dino's first complete game in just her second collegiate start. She allowed two walks with five strikeouts en route to the win. At one point between the second and fifth inning, Dino retired nine-straight batters. It was UH's first no-hitter since Stephanie Ricketts fired her final of six career no-hitter on April 29, 2012 against Fresno State.
Hawai'i had runners in every inning but the fourth. The 'Bows posted a pair of runs in the second. Brittnee Rossi led off with a single up the middle. After a strikeout, Mikaela Gandia-Mak then beat out the throw for a bunt single back to the pitcher Later, Sissy Pantastico drove in Rossi from third with a single through the right-side of the infield and Gandia-Mak scored on a fielder's choice to give UH a 2-0 lead.
In the third inning, UH extended their lead to 6-0 Cheek Ramos led off with a double to the right-center gap. Callee Heen then got plunked and Rossi drew a walk to load the bases. After a pop-out to short, Gandia-Mak then drove in two runs with a single to left. The Gaels then lifted starter Eileen Perez for Madison Mitchell. UH then got back-to-back singles by Heather Cameron and Pantastico to drive in Rossi and Gandia-Mak. SMC then lifted Mitchell for Eryn McCoy. McCoy then got the final two outs to end the third and the next four-straight outs as well, until she gave up a single in the fifth.
But the 'Bows then scored two runs in the sixth. Pinch hitter Samantha Thomas drew a walk and Lopez drilled a double to the right-center gap and both scored on a fielding error on the third baseman to end the game by mercy rule.
For St. Mary's, Perez took the loss to drop her record to 0-2. She threw 2.1 innings she allowed six runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Mitchell gave up two hits but did not record an out. McCoy then threw the final 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits.
Hawai'i 7, Fresno State 6
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In the final game of the three-day tournament, Hawai'i renewed their longtime rivalry with Fresno State. In the fifth, Heen launched a clutch two-run homer for what proved to be the winning run. In the pitching circle, Brittany Hitchcock got the start for the Rainbow Wahine, but it was Emily Klee who came in the fifth inning to earn her first win of the season.
Hawai'i erupted for five runs in the first inning. Satow drew a walk to start the frame and wnet to second on a single to left by Lopez. Ramos followed with an RBI-single that bounced through the right side of the infield to drive in Satow. Heen then struck out swinging, but with first base open hustled down the line and the the throw from the catcher to first sailed over the first baseman allowing two runs to score. Later Gandia-Mak and Madison Velman both drove in runs with RBI-singles to give UH a 5-0 lead.
Fresno State however, battled back. The Bulldogs tallied three runs in the third off an error, a bases loaded walk and an RBI groundout. In the fifth, FS tied the game at 5-5 on a double steal and an RBI single.
The Rainbow Wahine answered right back in the bottom of the fifth. Ramos earned a walk to start the inning and Heen followed by blasting a two-run bomb over the right field fence, allowing the 'Bows to re-take the lead, 7-5.
Klee who entered the game in the fifth with runners at first and third, got two quick outs to end the Bulldogs' rally in the fifth. In the seventh, with UH clinging to a two-run lead, Fresno State threatened again, FS led off with a single to center and a single to left. The leadoff hitter eventually scored on a wild pitch. Later with two outs and runners at the corners, Klee got a swinging strikeout to end the game as the 'Bows held off the Bulldogs, 7-6.
Hawai'i will now hit the road to try their luck in Las Vegas, Nev. The Rainbow Wahine will make their annual trek to play in the UNLV Classic Tournament from Thursday, Feb. 14 - Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Hawai'i will take on BYU, Fordham, UTEP, Weber State and Seattle U.
2019 Paradise Classic All-Tournament Team
Briana Perez – UCLA
Bubba Nickles – UCLA
Rachel Minogue – Fresno State
Hayleigh Galvan – Fresno State
Nicole Lopez – Hawai'i
Callee Heen – Hawai'i
Melanie Mendoza – UTA
Krista Rude – UTA
Bailey Lotz – St. Mary's (CA)
Reagan Morgan – Georgia State
Most Valuable Player – Taylor Pack – UCLA
Most Outstanding Pitcher – Rachel Garcia - UCLA