SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.—Senior pitcher Kaia Parnaby set a new University of Hawai’i single-season record capturing her 32nd and 33rd wins of the season to lead the No. 15/20 University of Hawai’i softball team (36-8, 12-1 Big West) to a doubleheader sweep to capture the series over Cal Poly (18-28, 7-10 BWC). The Rainbow Wahine offense tallied 18 hits in the two games coming through with clutch hits with runners on base en route to the two wins at the Bob Janssen Field in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The win tied Parnaby with former UH-great Melissa Coogan who set the record at 32 wins in the 2003 season. She also moved into No. 5 alone in the Big West record book behind three pitchers tied at 33 wins and trails Cal Poly’s Rhonda Wheatley’s all-time conference single-season record of 35 wins set in 1987. Parnaby fired a pair of complete games to improve her record to 33-4 overall and 12-1 in conference action. She now has 38 complete games and 11 shut outs this season. She leads the NCAA DI in wins and started the week ranked No. 2 in strike outs. Overall, Parnaby has a 1.33 ERA in 252.1 innings pitched with 296 strike outs this year.
Hawai’ 4, Cal Poly 0
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Parnaby picked up her record-tying 32nd win a three-hit shut out in the first game of the day. She threw all seven innings while walking four and striking out 10 Mustangs. It was the 10th time this season that Parnaby has fanned at least 10 batters in a game.
UH started the game well, posting one run in the top of the first inning. Kayla Wartner reached on a one-out single up the middle and Keiki Carlos followed with an opposite-field triple to the right-centerfield gap to drive in Wartner all the way from first. For Carlos, it was her team-leading fourth triple of the year.
In the top of the second, the ‘Bows struck again, putting one run on the scoreboard to give UH an early 2-0 lead. With two outs, Sharla Kliebenstein knocked out her 10th home run of the season over the leftfield. It marked Kliebenstein’s 31st home run of the junior’s career.
In the bottom of the fourth, Cal Poly got two runners on base on a pair of walks. But Parnaby got a swinging strike out to thwart the rally and end the inning.
Hawai’i tallied two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning to go up, 4-0. Wartner started the one-out rally with a single through the right-side of the infield and Carlos followed with her second extra base hit of the game with a double to left-centerfield. Then with both runners in scoring position, Leisha Li’ili’i drove both runs in with a single to center.
UH’s offense tallied nine hits in the win, with four batters going 2-for-4 (Wartner, Carlos, Li’ili’i, and Zamora). Four of the nine hits were for extra bases.
Cal Poly’s Chloe Wurst (10-13) took the loss in a complete game effort. She gave up four runs on nine hits with two walks and seven strike outs.
Hawai’i 3, Cal Poly 1
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Parnaby picked up her 33rd record-setting win with a 3-1 victory over the Mustangs. She threw all seven innings allowing one unearned run on four hits with no walks and six strike outs. She threw an efficient 76 pitches with 57 strikes in her second complete game win of the day.
Cal Poly struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning. Jillian Anderson started the inning by getting plunked. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Romano. Then after a swinging strike out, Mariah Cochiolo hit a bunt single back to Parnaby in the circle, but her throw sailed over Li’ili’i at first which allowed Anderson to score from second.
Hawai’i was held off the scoreboard until the top of the fourth, when Iwata led the inning off with a first-pitch home run over the leftfield fence to tie the game 1-1. For Iwata, it was her fifth home run of the season and her 52nd of her career.
The ‘Bows then took the lead in the top of the fifth by scoring a pair of runs. Brynne Buchanan led the inning off with a double down the right-field line. After a pop up to third, Wartner came through with an opposite-field double to left to drive in Buchanan from second. Carlos kept things going with an infield single to shortstop and Iwata was clutch with an RBI single ripped up the middle to score pinch-runner Dori Ann Sugai to give UH a 3-1 lead.
Cal Poly’s Jordan Yates suffered the loss, dropping her record to 5-12 overall. She threw the first 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits with one strike out. Wurst tossed the final 2.2 innings without allowing a hit or a run with two strike outs.
The two teams square off in the series finale on Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 pm (PT). It is Senior Day for the Mustangs. It will mark the seventh and final game of UH’s 11-day roadtrip.