HONOLULU—The University of Hawai’i softball team (15-6, 0-0 Big West) split their final two games of the Outrigger Resorts Spring Fling Tournament on Saturday night. UH starter Izzy Dino fired a one-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over Niagara, but SIUE came from behind to defeat the Rainbow Wahine in the nightcap, 8-5.
Hawai’i 3, Niagara 0
Dino fired a one-hit, complete game shutout over the Purple Eagles. Twice she and the Rainbow Wahine defense got out of jams with runners on second and third with one out. For the game, Dino was able to induce 14 groundouts with six flyouts and one strikeout. She issued two walks and faced just 26 batters. Dino improved to 5-2 on the season with her second complete game shutout of the season.
Callee Heen accounted for all of UH’s runs. In the first inning, she ripped a single to right with the bases loaded to drive in both Brittnee Rossi and Nicole Lopez. Then in the third inning,
Heen struck again, launching her seventh home run of the season over the rightfield fence. It marked her 30thhome run of her career.
Niagara’s pitcher Sierra Bertrand gave up three runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
SIUE 8, Hawai’i 5
In the top of the first, SIUE got a run on the scoreboard on an RBI-single by Zoe Shafer.
In the bottom of the first, UH answered right back to leapfrog over the Cougars for a 2-1 lead. The ‘Bows loaded the bases and Rossi came through lacing a single to center to drive in both Jenna Kumabe and Lopez.
In the third inning, Lopez launches a solo home run to give UH a 3-1 lead. It marked her 31st career home run and her seventh on the season.
The Cougars rallied with two outs to tie the score at 3-3 in the fourth. SIUE scored on an RBI-double to left by Sydney Bina and an RBI-single by Abby Marlow and in the fifth, a two run home run by Reagan Curtis to go up, 5-3.
SIUE scored three more runs for what proved to be the winning runs in the top of the seventh. Curtis hit her second home run of the game with one out. Later, another run scored on an RBI-groundout and a RBI-single by Marlow to extend their lead to 8-3.
Hawai’i tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh, but the five run deficit was too great to overcome. Tatumn Satow got an opposite-field single to left with one out to start things. After a pop-out to short, Cheeks Ramos then doubled to left-centerfield to drive in Satow. Alyssa Sojka followed by drilling a double down the leftfield line. But SIUE got Heen to fly out to left for the final out to end the game.
Hawai’i’s Brittany Hitchcock took the loss, dropping her record to 6-4. She gave up five runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work. Emily Klee closed the game, throwing the last 2.1 innings. She allowed three runs on three hits with two strikeouts.
SIUE’s Emily Ingles improved to 4-2 while earning the complete game win. She gave up five runs on five hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.
The Rainbow Wahine concluded the tourney with a 3-2 record. After one day off, the ‘Bows are right back on the field to take on SIUE on Monday, March 12 and Utah on Tuesday, March 13 before opening the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic from Wednesday, March 13-Saturday, March 16. Both Niagara and SIUE will stay on the island for their second-straight tournament. No. 5 Alabama will be the fourth team in the tournament.