Softball

Angelique "Cheeks" Ramos, #24, doubles down the left field line during the 4-1 Rainbow Wahine loss to the UCSD Tritons Saturday night at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

The University of Hawaiʻi softball team broke the bats in San Luis Obispo, going 2-0 against Cal Poly.

The Wahine came out swinging early in the game, scoring multiple runs in each of the first four innings. In the first inning, freshmen Ka’ena Keliinoi and junior Brittnee Rossi scored off a Maya Nakamura hit.

At the top of the second, redshirt senior Bree Soma slapped one out of the park for a two-run home run, bringing home Dallas Milwood for the 4-0 start. 

The scoring spree continued into the third with Soma again hitting an RBI single with Nakamura scoring while Mackenzie La Neve made it to home off a Mustang throwing error.

In the fourth, the Mustangs would bring in their relief pitcher to stop the Wahine offense. The change of pitcher would prove to do the exact opposite for Cal Poly, as the Wahine tacked on three more runs. 

Junior Mikaela Gandia-Mak connected on her third at bat which led to a Cheeks Ramos score. Millwood kept the rhythm alive and singled to the right center allowing a Nawai Kaupe run as well as giving Nakamura her second run of the game.

Cal Poly didn’t give up, tacking on six runs in the fourth and fifth inning including a three-run homer in the fifth. 

Rossi would drive home the victory, hitting an RBI at the top of the seventh allowing a Haylee Clay score. After a quick wrap up from pitcher Emily Klee, the Wahine found themselves on the favorable side of a 10-6 win.

Despite a forgettable first inning of game two, the Wahine kept the pressure on the Mustangs continuing their dominance on offense. 

Nakamura made a huge statement opening the second inning with a home run to score the Wahine’s first points of game two. Millwood scored later in the inning off a Rossi single to the right.

The Wahine really hit their stride in the third scoring a total of four runs to put themselves up 6-1. In the center of the action again, Nakamura set up a Ramos run, finding herself passing home plate two at-bats later. Gandia-Mak punched in two more runs with an RBI setting up Nawai Kaupe and scoring off a Rossi RBI single.

Just like the empire, the Mustangs struck back, matching the Wahine’s four points by capitalizing on their defensive mistakes.

After letting up five runs in five innings, coach Bob Coolen rearranged his defense and changed pitchers twice in the sixth.

Going into the bottom of the seventh, the Wahine clung to a two-point lead after laying an egg at the top of the inning. Ashley Murphy and the Wahine defense brought the game to a quick end limiting the Mustangs to three at bats and no hits. The Wahine held on to their lead to end the game with an 11-9.

The Wahine start their Cal Poly series at 2-0 and look to finish out their series on Saturday, April 10. Out of the two games they play tomorrow, one will be counted in conference with the final one being out of conference. The addition of these two wins pushes the Wahine to over .500  in overall record to 8-7 on the season and 7-4 within the conference.