15th ranked Rainbow Wahine complete sweep at Cal Poly

Jessica Iwata // Hawaii Athletics
Jessica Iwata // Hawaii Athletics

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.—The No. 15/20 University of Hawai’i softball team (37-8, 14-1 Big West) edged out Cal Poly, 2-1 to sweep the three-games series. Senior southpaw Kaia Parnaby earned her 34th win with her 30th complete game of the season and third of the series. Jessica Iwata went 3-for-3 at the plate and came through in the clutch with a pair of RBI-singles to lift the Rainbow Wahine to the win at Bob Janssen Field in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Hawai’i remains in first place in the Big West with a 14-1 record. Currently, Long Beach State is in second with an 11-5 record and Pacific at 11-6 in third.

Parnaby threw all seven innings, allowing one run on four hits with a walk and three strike outs. For the series, the Aussie starter allowed just one earned run in 21 innings with 19 strike outs and five walks.

The ‘Bows got on the scoreboard in the first inning, posting one run to start the game. With one out, Wartner reached on a single through the rightside of the infield to get the ‘Bows started. Keiki Carlos then drove a double to the left-centerfield gap to put both runners in scoring position. Jessica Iwata then drove a single through the leftside of the infield to score Wartner from third and move Carlos to third. With runners at the corners, Iwata then stole second to put both runners in scoring position for the No. 5 and 6 batters. But Cal Poly starter Chloe Wurst escaped by getting a pop out and a swinging strike out to thwart the UH rally.

The Mustangs knotted the game at 1-1in the bottom of the first. Jillian Anderson led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Romano. After a pop-out, Mariah Cochiolo hit a double to the rightfield fence to score Anderson to tie the game.

The Rainbow Wahine regained the lead in the top of the third, 2-1. Kelly Majam led the inning off with a single through the rightside of the infield. A groundout to first base pushed Majam to second. Then after a groundout to the pitcher, Iwata came through with her second  RBI-single of the game through the rightside of the infield to score Majam from second. The lead would end up holding for the rest of the game, with UH capturing its seventh, one-run win of the season.

Mustang pitcher Wurst (10-14) went the distance, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and three strike outs.

In the win, UH’s streak of 10 games with a home run was snapped and Jazmine Zamora‘s career- and team-high 13-game hit streak came to an end. Carlos’ 11-game hitting streak is still in tact.

Iwata led UH for the series hitting an even .500 (5-of-10) with a double, a home run, and a team-high four RBI. Wartner was also hot at the plate, hitting .417 (5-of-12) with three runs scored a double and a home run while Carlos hit .333 for the series. The freshman rightfielder went 4-for-12 with three of her hits being of the extra base variety with two doubles and a triple. She now leads the team overall with 13 doubles and four triples, and she is tied with Majam for the team lead at .326.

Hawai’i won six of seven games on their 11-day road swing through Cailfornia and won both of their Big West series at Cal State Fullerton (2-1) and at Cal Poly (3-0). UH has now won 17 of their last 18 games. The Rainbow Wahine now return to host their homestand of the season with three-game conference series against both Long Beach State (April 26-27) and UC Santa Barbara (May 3-4).

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