Hawaii’s Lopez & Dino earn Big West Conference Softball weekly honors

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Lopez and Dino earn Big West softball awards

University of Hawai’i softball players Nicole Lopez and Izzy Dino both collected weekly honors from the Big West after their performances in Week Three of the season. Lopez, UH’s veteran third baseman was voted Big West Player of the Week, while rookie pitcher Izzy Dino was named as the Big West’s Freshman of the Week.

Lopez earned her second career BWC Field Player of the Week award after leading Hawai’i to a 5-2 record while hitting a team-high .522 batting average. Lopez also recorded a team-leading 1.174 slugging percentage and .560 on-base percentage. Four times she gathered multiple hits, including a 3-for-3 showing against Canisius.

In Hawai’i’s 7-2 win over Canisius on Sunday, Lopez hammered a pair of two-run home runs to finish with four RBI in the game. Lopez also blasted two-run homers against DePaul and New Mexico. Lopez scored the game-winning run in a 3-2 triumph over the Lobos.

Dino earned her first ever Big West Softball Freshman of the Week award after producing three superb performances in the pitching circle. Dino tallied a 2-0 record this past week with an impressive 0.44 ERA in 16.0 innings pitched. She walked just four while striking out 10 in three appearances.

Dino’s only start in the tournament came against Canisius in the opening match, allowing five hits and one run in a 4-1 complete-game victory. Her next two appearances came in relief as she threw a combined nine innings of scoreless ball. Dino picked up the win in Friday’s 3-2 result over New Mexico. She tossed 3.1 innings with three strikeouts and three hits allowed. She frustrated the Lobos in another bullpen appearance, holding them to just one hit over 5.2 innings and striking out three.

After playing seven games in four days. The 12-4 Rainbow Wahine will get the next eight days off before opening play in the Spring Fling tournament in Manoa on March 6.

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