The University of Hawai’i softball team (22-25, 6-12 Big West) will play its final series of the season at UC Davis (25-23, 7-11) at LaRue Field in Davis, Calif. The two teams will square off in a single game at 12:00 p.m. HT on Friday, May 11. The three-game series will end with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 12 at 9:00 a.m. It will be the final three games for Hawai’i’s five seniors-Danielle Garcielita, Jordian Hicks, Courtney Hiruko, Dana Thomsen, and Rachael Turner.
The Rainbow Wahine fell 1-2 in last week’s series vs. CSUN. UH held off the Matadors, 3-2 in the series’ opener, but fell 0-3 and 4-10 in Saturday’s doubleheader. It is the third series this season that UH has won the first game, but dropped the doubleheader.
Leading the ‘Bows into the final week of the regular season is sophomore catcher/designated player Callee Heen. She continues to lead UH on offense, hitting .339 (43-for-127) overall. Heen is tops on the team with 25 runs scored, six doubles (both categories tied with Nicole Lopez), 22 walks, 13 home runs, 33 RBI and a .709 slugging percentage.
Steady Lopez has hit .300 all season. The junior third-baseman is currently hitting .315, with a team-high 47 hits, 149 at-bats, and going 4-for-5 in stolen bases. She is second on the team in average, home runs (8), RBI (26), and a .517 slugging percentage.
In the circle, Thomsen has seen most of the workload for the pitching staff. She enters the week with a 3.04 ERA in 181.2 innings pitched. She has recorded a 14-15 overall record with 22 complete games with five shutouts and a save. She has walked 53 while striking out 129. Rookies Dominique Martinez and Emily Klee have both picked up the slack with the season-ending injury suffered by Brittany Hitchcock. Martinez is 1-5 with a 4.86 ERA in 40.1 innings pitched, while Klee is 2-1 with a 5.54 ERA in 30.1 innings of work.
Teams: Hawai’i (22-25, 6-12 Big West) at UC Davis (25-23, 7-11 Big West)
When: Friday, May 11 at 12:00 pm HT; Saturday, May 12 (DH) at 9:00 a.m.
Where: LaRue Softball Field (Davis, Calif.)
Livestats: Live in-game stats will be available at gohighlanders.com