The University of Hawaii softball team maintained its shared spot atop the Big West Conference standings with a road sweep over UC San Diego on Saturday
Hawaii is 13-11 overall and 7-2 in Big West Conference play after Saturday’s twin bill, while UCSD drops to 18-16 and 6-3 in conference games. UH is tied for first in the conference standings with Long Beach State after both teams completed its Saturday contests.
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After being held to two hits in Friday’s series opener, the Rainbow Wahine exploded for 15 hits in a 13-1 five-inning mercy rule victory in the first game. Six players had multiple hits for the Rainbow Wahine, including Mya’Liah Bethea, who had a game-high three hits with three RBI and a home run, while Haley Johnson had two hits and a game-high four RBI.
Ashley Murphy tossed a complete game for UH in Game 1, scattering four hits and two walks with one strikeout.
The second game featured a pitcher’s duel similar to Friday, where freshman phenom Jada Cecil was again masterful for UCSD, striking out 13. After the game was tied at 0 after seven innings, Dallas Milwood’s solo home run in the eighth inning guided the Rainbow Wahine to victory in extra innings. Brianna Lopez pitched a shutout, allowing six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
Hawaii returns home for its next series against Cal Poly, which begins with a Friday doubleheader, starting at 4 p.m. at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.