Bob Coolen wins 1000th game as Hawai’i head coach

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HONOLULU—University of Hawai’i softball head coach Bob Coolen led his team to a sweep over UC Santa Barbara to record his 1,000th win at Hawai’i. The Rainbow Wahine won both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader winning 3-1 and 5-2 to complete the sweep to claim the top spot in the Big West with an 8-1 record. UH improved to 27-10 overall while the Gauchos fell to 7-33 overall and 1-8 in conference on Military Day at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
With today’s wins, Coolen joins an elite fraternity of coaching brothers in Manoa. Only Jim Schwitters (men’s/women’s tennis – 1,327 wins); Dave Shoji (women’s volleyball – 1,202 wins), and Les Murakami (baseball – 1,079 wins) have notched 1,000 wins during their coaching careers at Hawaii.
Hawai’i 3, UC Santa Barbara 1
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Senior pitcher Brittany Hitchcock earned a complete game victory to improve to 14-5 overall and 6-0 in conference action. The senior pitcher allowed one run on six hits with a walk and a strikeout. Hitchcock did not allow a hit through the first 4-2/3 innings.
Hawai’i got on the scoreboard first off a first inning, solo home run by Nicole Lopez. It marked her 11th homer of the season and her 36th of her career, which moves her up the career record list to No. 6 alone.
In the third, UH extended its lead to 3-0 on a Brittnee Rossi two-run home run. It marked Rossi’s third round-tripper of the season and her seventh of her career. Her home run drove in Bree Soma who had walked earlier in the inning.
UCSB loaded the bases and got one run back in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Devan Sperry that drove in Maci Fines. The Gauchos rallied to load the bases in the top of the seventh, but the ‘Bows escaped unscathed.
UCSB pitcher Veronica Gulvin took the loss, dropping her record to 1-9. She allowed three runs on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Emily Schuttish stymied the ‘Bows and didn’t allow a run on two hits. She also had no walks with five strikeouts.
Hawai’i 5, UC Santa Barbara 2
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Freshman pitcher Izzy Dino earned her second conference win with a complete game effort. She took a shutout through 6-2/3 innings before allowing two runs in the seventh. Dino allowed just four hits with no walks and a strikeout in her eighth complete game of the season and improved to 9-5 overall and 2-0 in the Big West.
Hawai’i started the game scoring four runs on four hits in the first inning. Callee HeenJennifer Iseri, and Heather Cameron all came through with RBI-singles in the inning. Bree Soma also got an RBI with a bases loaded walk.
Alyssa Sojka gave UH a 5-0 lead with a solo home run in the sixth inning. It marked her fourth home run of the year and her sixth home run of her UH career.
The Gauchos would continue to fight as they loaded the bases and tallied two runs before Dino got the final out on a pop out to second.
UC Santa Barbara used four pitchers in the game. Starter Emily Schuttish, the closer in the first game, got the start in the second. She allowed three runs on two hits with a walk and only was able to record one out to start the game. Felisha Noriega threw the next 2.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Alyssa Molina tossed three innings, giving up a run on two hits while issuing one walk and Veronika Gulvin got the final out.

It is first time since 2013 that Hawai’i has recorded two conference sweeps in one season. In 2013, the Rainbow Wahine were able to record five series sweeps that year. With its wins on Saturday, UH has extended its winning streak to seven games.
Hawai’i will now go on their third roadtrip of the year to face perennial conference power Cal State Fullerton in a pivotal three-game conference series. The ‘Bows and Titans will open the series with a single game on Friday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. HT followed by a Saturday doubleheader on April 20 which begins at 11:00 a.m. HT.

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