(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i softball team (24-10, 5-1 Big West) return home to host UC Santa Barbara in a three-game conference series this week. The two teams will square off in a single game on Friday, April 12 at 6:00 pm and a doubleheader on Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. The Rainbow Wahine enter the week tied atop the Big West standings with Cal State Fullerton at 5-1 in conference.  Head coach Bob Coolen is just three wins away from earning his 1,000th win at Hawai'i.
 
Teams: Hawai'i (24-10, 5-1 Big West) vs. UC Santa Barbara (7-30, 1-5 Big West)
When: Friday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. (DH)
Site: Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium (1,200) – Honolulu, O'ahu
Promotions: Fans will have the opportunity to win great prizes from the popular "Ballpark Bingo" throughout the series. Also, t-shirts will be thrown into the stands during the fourth inning at each game. There will be an autograph session after Friday night's game. Saturday is Military Day at the ballpark in which the Rainbow Wahine will be wearing special Under Armour 'fatigue' jerseys with patches representing all the military units on their sleeves.
Radio: Saturday's doubleheader will be aired on CBS Sports Radio AM 1500 Hawaii with Josh Pacheco calling all the action.
Audio Stream: Saturday's doubleheader can be listened to online at cbssportshawaii.com.
Livestats: HawaiiAthletics.com
Tickets: Admission is FREE
Series History: UH holds a 49-to-26 series record against the Gauchos. Last season, UCSB took both games of the doubleheader in Santa Barbara to win the series.
 
Game Notes:

  • Head coach Bob Coolen is currently just THREE games away from reaching the 1,000 win milestone at Hawai'i. Coolen, who is in his 28th season at the helm of the Rainbow Wahine program, currently has a 997-608-1 record at UH and a 1,069-701-1 overall record in 32 seasons overall. He spent his first two seasons in Hawai'i as an assistant coach under then-head coach Rayla Allison. Coolen will join an elite group of UH coaches who have all earned 1,000 wins at the University of Hawai'i. Former men's and women's tennis coach Jim Schwitters earned 1,327 career victories during his 38-year career. Former women's volleyball head coach Dave Shoji recorded 1,202 wins during his 42-year career. Former UH baseball coach Les Murakami earned 1,079 total wins in his 30-year career at UH.
  • As a team Hawai'i enters this week ranked No. 1 in the league in home runs per game (1.03), scoring (5.29 runs/game), and team slugging percentage (.454). UH is also ranked No. 1 in the BWC on defense turning 0.47 double plays per game.
  • Last week, UH outscored Cal Poly, 22-to-1 in the three game series. UH pitchers Brittany Hitchcock and Izzy Dino both fired shutouts on Saturday in complete game wins. At the plate, Callee Heen led the 'Bows hitting .571 en route to earning BWC Player of the Week honors. Rookie Mikaela Gandia-Mak hit .455 in the series, racking up a team-high five hits. Both Heather Cameron and Brittnee Rossi also hit well with Cameron batting .429 with two doubles and Rossi hitting an even .400 (4-for-10).
  • Junior first baseman/catcher Callee Heen was named the Big West Field Player of the Week on Monday after leading UH to a series sweep over Cal Poly last week. Heen batted a team-high.571 (4-for-7) while leading UH with six RBI as the 'Bows outscored the Mustangs 22-1 in the three wins. Heen also walked five times—including three intentional walks—to finish the week with a .750 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage. Overall, Heen leads the Big West with 11 home runs and walks (0.62 p/game). She is also ranked No. 2 in the league with a .522 on-base percentage and a .800 slugging percentage. Heen is ranked third in the Big West and leads UH with a .404 batting average.
  • Senior third baseman Nicole Lopez has started 190 straight games at third base for the 'Bows. Lopez continues to lead the Big West scoring 1.06 runs per game and is ranked No. 2 with 10 home runs and No. 3 with 43 hits. Overall Lopez is second on the team with a .377 batting average scoring a team-high 36 runs. She also leads UH with eight doubles.
  • Sixth-year senior pitcher Brittany Hitchcock leads the team and is ranked No. 3 in the Big West with a 1.87 ERA. Hitchcock enters the week with a 12-5 overall record and a 4-0 mark in conference.  She has fired 13 complete games in 18 starts with five complete game shutouts this season. She is ranked No. 2 in the league in 'strikeout to walk ratio' at 3.95 per game. Hitchcock has thrown 105.0 innings thus far with 20 walks to 79 strikeouts.