Wahine softball gets swept for the first time this season

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FULLERTON, Calif.—The University of Hawai’i (27-13, 8-4 Big West) dropped both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader at Cal State Fullerton. The Titans edged out the Rainbow Wahine on a two out, two-run walk off home run in the first game, 9-8. CSUF then rolled to an 8-0 win in five innings to conclude the series at the Anderson Family Field in Fullerton, Calif..

Cal State Fullerton 9, Hawai’i 8
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Hawai’i started the game loading the bases with one out. Brittnee Rossi drew a walk, Nicole Lopez laced a double to the right-centerfield gap and after a ground out to short, Callee Heen walked to load the bases. Cheeks Ramos then drew the third walk of the inning to drive in Rossi for the games’ first run.
In the second inning, Heather Cameron led off with a single to third. Sissy Pantastico battled her way on with a walk. The Titans then got a pop out to third and a flyout to right, but Alyssa Sojka then came up and ripped a double to left-centerfield to score both Cameron and Pantastico to give UH a 3-0 lead. The Titans then lifted starting pitcher Sophie Frost for Taylor Dockins who was able to get Heen to fly out to left for the third out.
The Titans got one run back in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Sam Kennedy to drive in pinch-runner Jasmyn Vigilante from second.
UH loaded the bases again in the third with two outs, but CSUF got a strikeout to extinguish the rally.
In the bottom f the third, the Titans tied the score at 3-3, scoring on back-to-back RBI singles by D Hill and Z Richard.
Hawai’i answered back tallying two runs to re-take the lead, 5-3. Ramos got plunked to start the inning. Mikaela Gandia-Mak then singled down the leftfield line to put runners at first and second. After a strikeout, Cameron popped into an infield fly, but both runners advanced  on the play. Pantastico then drove in pinch-runner Tatumn Satow from third and later Gandia-Mak crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
The Titans answered back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs. The big blow was a three-run home run off the bat of Neil. UH’s Brittany Hitchcock then entered the game for Dino and she later gave up an RBI-single to Hill as the Titans trailed by just one run.
Cal State Fullerton then ended the game on a two-out, two-run walkoff home run off the bat of Sam Kennedy for the 9-8 win.
For the game, both Sojka and Ramos accounted for three RBI each. Sojka, Lopez, Gandia-Mak, Cameron, and Pantastico all recorded two hits each in the game.
UH’s Dino threw the first 5.1 innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits with a walk and a strikeout. Hitchcock suffered the loss, dropping her record to 14-7 overall and 6-2 in the Big West. She allowed three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning of work.
The Titans’ Dani Martinez earned the win to improve to 12-5. She was the final of four pitchers to throw for CSUF in the game. She gave up one it with two strikeouts in the seventh inning. Sophie Frost got the start, throwing the first 1.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits with four walks and a strikeout. Taylor Dockins followed throwing 3.1 innings. She gave up five runs on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Mia Marinakis tossed one inning and gave up a hit.
Cal State Fullerton 8, Hawai’i 0 (5 innings)
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The Titans took the momentum from the end of Saturday’s first game into the second as they rolled to an 8-0 win in five innings.
Cal State Fullerton notched two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a solo home run by Deshea Hill and an RBI single by Irie Siofele.
The Titans added three more runs to extend their lead to 5-0 in the second inning on an RBI single by Alexa Neil which was followed later by a two-run home run hit by Ari Williams. In the third inning, CSUF’s Kelsie Whitmore launched a three-run home run to increase their lead to 8-0 for what proved to be the final score.
Hawai’i starter Emily Klee suffered the loss, dropping her record to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in conference. She gave up five runs on six hits with no walks or strikeouts. Dino came in relief in the second inning and allowed three runs on two hits  while Ashley Murphy threw the final frame. She did not allow a hit or a run while recording one strikeout.
CSUF’s Martinez earned the complete game win. She earned all three wins for the Titans this weekend over UH. She fired a one-hit shutout over the Rainbow Wahine with two walks and five strikeouts in the series finale.
The Rainbow Wahine return home to host a three-game conference series against UC Riverside. It will be their second to last time homestand of the season. The two teams will square off in a single game on Friday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Saturday, April 27 starting at 2:00 p.m.

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