Softball

Maya Nakamura, #12, hits a three-run homerun during the Wahine 4-3 win over the Gauchos Saturday afternoon at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

After starting 2-0, the Rainbow Wahine showed some mortality splitting their final two games for a 3-1 finish to their Cal Poly series.

The first game of the day was a defensive clinic with a single run scored through the entire game. Pitcher Jetta Nannen allowed a grand total of four hits in the entire game with the Wahine defense shutting the Mustangs out.

While the Wahine offense did not fare any better, amassing eight hits, they did manage to score a run in the opening inning of the game. Brittnee Rossi stole second and scored when Ka'ena Keliinoi doubled to left center.

With their 1-0 win, the Wahine swept all the conference games in their Cal Poly series.

The second game started out much like the first with a single Rossi run set up by Nawai Kaupe. The defense continued to do its job containing the Mustangs to a single hit through three innings.

In the fourth, Bree Soma set up a Maya Nakamura run to move the Wahine up 2-0. The Wahine defense began to crumble in the bottom of the fourth allowing four runs in the inning. After Ashley Murphy allowed three hits and a run coach Bob Coolen put Emily Klee in. After a hot start with two outs, Klee and the defense got beat for three runs before ending the inning.

At the top of the fifth Cheeks Ramos and Kaupe both scored runs adding two and cutting the Mustang lead to zero. The Mustangs rallied back for a single run to revive their lead to a single point.

After a scoreless sixteen inning, with pressure on the Wahine offense Nakamura scored off of a Dallas Millwood hit. The next three Hawaiʻi batters all grounded out moving the pressure on the defense to push the game into extra innings. In the Mustangs fourth at bat of the inning with the bases loaded they scored to bring the game to an end.

While the Wahine may not have gotten the clean sweep they swept their conference matchups to loft them to 8-4 and a .667 win percentage. The Wahine also stay above .500 overall to 9-8 on the season. The Wahine will now come back home to face UC Riverside in a three game in conference series.