Brittany Hitchcock

Hawai'i sixth-year senior Brittany Hitchcock pitched a five-inning shutout to lead the Rainbow Wahine softball team to a 8-0 win over Georgia State on Thursday night at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

Hitchcock struck out five batters while walking three.

The Rainbow Wahine got on the board first when junior catcher Callee Heen blasted a two-run homer over the leftfield fence to drive in senior third baseman Nicole Lopez, who singled in an earlier inning.

UH added another run in the bottom of the third. The Rainbow Wahine made two outs to load the bases as senior second baseman Cheeks Ramos got hit by the pitch and Heen and sophomore first baseman Madison Veldman drew walks. Sophomore centerfielder Brittnee Rossi got UH's third walk in a row to force pinch runner Jenna Kumabe across the plate to extend the 'Bows lead 3-0.

UH extended its lead to 6-0 after Lopez hit a two-run double down the leftfield line to drive in pinch runner Jennifer Iseri and Sissy Pantastico. Later in the inning, Heen smacked her third RBI of the game, driving a double to the right-centerfield gap to score Lopez.

In the fifth inning, UH got two more runs to seal the mercy-rule win. Rossi led off with a double to rightfield. Mikaela Gandia-Mak walked, then Iseri moved both runners into scoring position with a groundout to second. Rossi scored on a wild pitch, then Pantastico made a single through the leftside of the infield to drive in Gandia-Mak for the win.

The Rainbow Wahine will play UT Arlington later today, followed by UCLA.