HONOLULU—The No. 16/21 University of Hawai’i softball team (28-7, 6-0 Big West) continues its six-game homestand this Friday and Saturday when UC Riverside comes to Honolulu for a three-game Big West series at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. At 6-0, Hawai’i has the early lead in conference action with Long Beach State and Pacific right behind at 5-1.
Bob Coolen is approaching his second milestone victory this season—he is now just two wins shy of hitting the 900-career win mark as a head coach. Overall in 27 years as a head coach, Coolen has amassed a total record of 898-555-1. Earlier this season, he earned his 800th win at Hawai’i on opening day on Feb. 7 with a 7-2 win over UAB. Currently, Coolen has a UH record of 826-461-1.
Senior pitcher Kaia Parnaby has been the glue for the ‘Bows posting career season highs with 25 wins, 29 starts, 26 complete games, nine shut outs, 201.2 innings pitched and 250 strike outs. She continues to lead the nation with 25 wins under her belt this season and is currently tied at No. 3 with Stephanie Ricketts (2011) for the UH single-season strike out record at 250. She is now chasing fellow Aussie southpaw pitching great, Brooke Wilkins for the top two spots in the single-season strike out record book. Wilkins fanned 261 batters in 1995 and 324 in 1994. Parnaby has held opponents to a .180 batting average while posting a 1.18 ERA.
Overall at the plate, the ‘Bows are led by senior centefielder Kelly Majam with a .320 batting average (32-for-100). Majam also leads the team with 31 runs scored, 12 home runs, eight stolen bases, 29 walks, a .750 slugging percentage and a .481 on-base percentage. Sophomore first baseman, Leisha Li’ili’i is second on the team with a .302 average (29-for-96) with a team-high 27 RBI. She is second on the team with eight doubles and eight home runs. Third on the team is junior second baseman Jazmine Zamora, who is hitting an even .300 (27-for-90) with four doubles, three home runs and 11 RBI.
About the UC Riverside Highlanders (15-21, 0-6 Big West)
The Highlanders are looking to snap their seven-game losing streak in Honolulu. They have faced tough conference competition in the first two weeks facing Pacific and Long Beach State. In non-conference games, UCR was 15-15.
UC Riverside is led on offense by senior outfielder Kayla White’s .339 batting average. She is one of just three players who have started all 36 games this season. She has team-highs of 37 hits, 26 runs scored, five doubles (tied with Brittanie Akey), three triples, and eight home runs. She is also third on the team with 14 stolen bases and is second with 21 RBI. Dionne Anderson has also started all of UCR’s games thus far and is sporting a .314 average (32-for-102) with 20 runs scored four doubles, a triple and a home run and 17 stolen bases. Ariel Shore is the third Highlander to start all of their games this season, and she has swiped a team-high 19 bases and scored 17 runs.
In the circle, Alyssa Razo has seen the most action with 92.2 innings pitched. She has a 4.38 ERA and a 7-9 record coming into this week. Ashley Ercolano is 6-7 with a 4.00 ERA in 78.2 innings while Taylor Alvarez is 2-4 with a 5.79 ERA in 48.1 innings.
Who: No. 16/21 Hawai’i (28-7, 6-0 BWC) vs. UC Riverside (15-21, 0-6 BWC)
When: Friday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 6 at 2:00 pm (doubleheader)
Where: Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium (1,200)
Television: All three games will be televised statewide on OCSports (Ch. 16 – SD and Ch. 1016 – HD) with Howard Dashefsky (play-by-play) and Lori Santi (color) handling the broadcast.
Streaming Video: Live video streaming is available on ocsports.tv and BigWest.tv
Radio: Saturday’s doubleheader will be aired live on ESPN 1420 am with Scott Robbs handling the play-by-play.
Audio webcast: Available at www.espn1420am.com
Series History: Hawai’i leads the Highlanders, 11-2 with UH winning the last six meetings—including the most recent game last year on Feb. 17 in Las Vegas, Nev. (8-0 in five innings)
Coaches: Hawai’i head coach Bob Coolen is 898-555-1 overall and 826-461-1 at Hawai’i. UCR head coach Linda Garza is in her first season with the Highlanders. She has a career record of 46-51 and is 15-21 at UCR this season.
Promotions: Bud Light is the series sponsor and will provide great prizes for the winners of the popular “Ballpark Bingo.” Saturday is Military Appreciation Day at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. The team will be wearing special fatigue-type jerseys designed by Under Armour for the game. There will be an autograph session after Saturday’s doubleheader for military families and the public.