When University of Hawaii all-conference Softball ace Brittany Hitchcock suffered an undisclosed injury last week, expectations were that Dana Thomsen would see an increased role for the Rainbow Wahine.
Five game later and number-5 has been an exaggeration to the anticipation.
The senior from California who pitched in every game last week has thrown for 43.2 innings since February 28th, that's just a nine game stretch going back two weeks.
"Definitely just going out there taking it gam by game, inning by inning and giving it all I can for three outs and then the next inning comes and I give it for three more and that's how I've been getting through it and I think that's the best mentality to have. Not to look at it as like oh, we have five games, look at it as I have seven innings today, let's get through those and then worry about tomorrow" said Thomsen.
That effort has led her to a team high seven wins with a 2.70 ERA.
According to Thomsen who has been affectionately referred to as the "rage behind the cage", she welcomes the challenge. Explaining that when she dons what has become an identifiable protective mask, Hawaii's 'super hero' is always ready to save the day.
"Definitely when I got out there I always put it on the ground when n I do my warm up pitches and when I put it on it's like, okay, it's to time and I'm ready to go. When I don't pitch with it I feel like I'm missing something and when I put it on I become someone that is unstoppable" said Thomsen.
According to head coach Bob Coolen, Hitchcock remains as day to day heading into this week's tournament which will have the Rainbow Wahine playing six games in four days. Relief for Thomsen if needed will come from freshmen Dominique Martinez and Emily Klee.
"I definitely want to come out of this preseason with a winning record, more hits on our side, come out with a lot of confidence as a team going into conference because our conference doesn't get any easier. It gets harder and the girls, they read us more because they see us more and definitely just winning the smaller games, winning it game by game, inning by inning and going into conference with confidence is definitely going to be key for our team."
The Rainbow Wahine open the Bank of Hawaii Classic on Wednesday against North Dakota at 6:00pm at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
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