The University of Hawai‘i softball team became another victim in the wake of Alabama’s 30-game win streak in tonight’s five-inning, 9–0 shut out at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
“We couldn’t capitalize early and they took advantage of our pitches,” head coach Bob Coolen said.
Freshman pitcher Isabella “Izzy” Dino struggled against an Alabama offense that came off a dominant 12–2 victory against Niagara earlier in the evening. Dino, who pitched 2.1 innings, allowed four runs on five hits and only struck out one out of the 12 batters she faced.
Alabama sophomore third baseman Maddie Morgan’s solo homer got the Crimson Tide off to a 1–0 start in the second inning.
To start the third, junior center fielder Elissa Brown’s single marked the beginning of a five-hit, five-run inning. Back-to-back home runs by junior first baseman Kaylee Tow and designated player Bailey Hemphill gave Alabama a 4–0 lead. Coolen made pitching changes after Dino allowed the four hits.
“It lets me use my bullpen,” Coolen said of the takeaways from facing Alabama’s offense. “We’ve been getting good starting pitching, and it's just a matter of seeing what our other pitchers could do because we’re going to need them for the rest of the year.”
Sophomore reliever Emily Klee came in for Dino during the third inning, but saw many of her pitches receive the same treatment. Klee gave up a single to Alabama senior catcher Reagan Dykes, and then a two-run home run to senior left fielder Merris Schroder, increasing Alabama’s lead to 6–0. She finished her night giving up five runs on five hits before being replaced by freshman reliever Ashley Murphy.
“They stuck the bat out and the balls fly out here,” Coolen said of the multiple home runs on the night.
In the fifth inning, Hawai‘i continued to struggle on the mound as they gave up another three runs. The Crimson Tide ended the game with nine runs and eleven hits to secure their second run-rule game of the day.
Hawai‘i will return to the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium in a double-header, taking on Niagara at 12 p.m. and Alabama at 2 p.m.