In their Big West opener, the Wahine softball team put on a show sweeping the visiting Gauchos 2-0 underneath the Friday night lights at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Complex.
In the first game of the series the Wahine barely squeaked by the Gauchos of Santa Barbara beating them 4-3. Both offenses struggled early combining for a mere two hits and no runs through the first two innings.
The Wahine began to fall behind in the third inning leading to a deficit of 2-1 with their lone run being scored by junior standout Brittnee Rossi and an RBI credited to senior utility, Angelique “Cheeks” Ramos.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Wahine offense came alive in the sixth inning. Freshman Maya Nakamura, the local girl from Roosevelt High School, hit a three-run home run in the most exciting play of the game.
In the last inning, the ‘Bows put a quick ending to the opening game in the series, only allowing a single run.
The second game got off to a faster start and ended with a Hawaii victory of 7-3. While there was no scoring in the first inning, the Wahine put up a run and a home run in the second to go up 4-0 on the Gauchos. Yet another Local ‘Bow was able to hit a homer as this time Aiea’s own Bree Soma was credited with 3 RBI’s following her hit.
The Wahine offense kicked it into overdrive scoring an additional three off of junior Nawai Kaupe’s homer and a Santa Barbara error.
While the Wahine did their job, the defense was the shining star of the second game. Pitcher Ashley Murphy only allowed nine hits and through 6 innings the Wahine defense shut out the Gauchos.
After their strong start, the Wahine look to finish their series against Santa Barbara tomorrow afternoon. With these two wins the ‘Bows improve to 2-3 on the season and will seek to go over .500 this Saturday.