UH softball splits Saturday’s games, improve to 11-4

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HONOLULU—The University of Hawai’i softball team (11-4, 0-0 Big West) split their doubleheader on the final day of the Hawai’i Invitational tournament. The Rainbow Wahine fell short against New Mexico, 3-2 but rebounded in the afternoon to defeat Canisius, 9-6 on Saturday at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
 
New Mexico 3, Hawai’i 2
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In the first game of the day, Hawai’I, the No. 2 seed came up short against the No. 3 New Mexico Lobos. UNM scored three runs in the second and then held off the ‘Bows the rest of the game.
 
In the second inning, the Lobos jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on a Maggie Buckholz three-run home run.
 
Hawai’i got two runs back in the third when Nicole Lopez launched a two-run home run over the leftfield fence. It marked her third homer of the season for the ‘Bows.
 
But that would be all the scoring for the game. At one point, UNM retired nine of 10 UH batters in a row. But in the seventh UH loaded the bases with one out. New Mexico then got two flyouts to end the game.
 
UH starter Brittany Hitchcock (2-3) took the loss, giving up all three runs in the first inning and a third. She gave up two its with a walk and a strikeout. Reliever Izzy Dino came in and shut down the Lobos in 5.2 innings of work. She allowed just one hit with two walks and three strikeouts.
 
UNM pitcher Kiana Spencer improved to 3-3 on the year with a complete game win. She allowed two runs on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts.
 
Hawai’i 9, Canisius 6
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The Golden Griffins got on the scoreboard in the first inning, Kara Paradowski hit a tripe to leftfield. Denver Keller then drove her in with an RBI-single to third.
 
Hawai’i responded in the bottom half of the first. UH loaded the bases with no outs. Brittnee Rossi and Nicole Lopez got back-to-back singles to start the inning and Cheeks Ramos then drew a walk. After a fly-out to center, Jenna Kumabe then drove in two runs with an RBI single to right. Later, Bree Soma drove in Ramos with a groundout to the rightside at first to give UH a 3-0 lead.
 
Canisius got one run back in the top of the fourth on a leadoff solo home run by Brittany Sockwell.
 
Hawai’i answered right back in the fourth. UH started the inning with back-to-back doubles by Bree Somaand Sissy Pantastico for the first run. Tatumn Satow then drew a walk. Both runners moved into scoring position on a passed ball. Rossi then grounded out to second to score Pantastico from third.  Later Cheeks Ramos lifted a sacrifice fly to center to drive in Satow to give UH a 6-2 lead.
 
 Canisius rallied to score three runs in the fifth to trail by just one run, 6-5. One run scored on a fielder’s choice to third and two runs scored on a double down the leftfield line by Brittany Sockwell.
 
Hawai’i again responded by scoring three runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth. Soma led off with a walk and Pantastico reached on a fielding error on second baseman. On the play Soma sprinted to third as the throw back in from the centerfielder sailed past the infielder. Later Soma scored on a wild pitch. Cheeks Ramos then drove in Rossi with an opposite-field RBI single to right. Later, with the bases loaded, Kumabe was plunked to force Lopez home to give UH a 9-5 lead.
 
Canisius posted one more run in the sixth on an RBI single by Catallo-Stooks.
 
Hawai’i will play an extra game, not a part of the Hawai’i Invitational tournament on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 12:00 pm against Canisius.

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