SEATTLE, Wash.—The No. 20/23 University of Hawai`i softball team (44-12) fell to No. 11/9 Washington, 2-0 in the winner’s bracket game of the Seattle NCAA Regional. Senior pitcher Kaia Parnaby suffered the loss, dropping her record to 38-6 on the year. Hawai`i will now face the winner of the Portland State vs. Minnesota game at 6:00 p.m. tonight.
For UH’s second straight game, Parnaby was in a pitcher’s duel with UW’s Kaitlin Inglesby. But unlike on Friday, it was the Huskies that came through with a rally to clinch the game. Parnaby tossed six innings, giving up two runs on six hits with four walks and four strike outs.
Washington got their leadoff batter, Kaitlin Inglesby, on base safely for the fifth time of the game with a walk. The following batter, Kylee Lahners went down in the count 0-2 and fouled off a pitch and took a ball before drilling a double to the right-centerfield gap to score pinch-runner Jerrin Fa`asua all the way from first. A sacrifice bunt by Kimberlee Souza pushed Lahners to third and she later scored on a single to left by McNeill for the insurance run.
Inglesby was also the starting pitcher for UW. She retired the first seven batters of the game and finished with a walk and nine strike outs. She spaced two hits in seven efficient innings of work and finished the game getting the final six out in a row—four of them on strike outs. It was just the third time this season that the ‘Bows were shut out in a game this season.
Hawai`i had some sparkling defensive plays made by the outfielders in the game. In the second inning, leftfielder Brynne Buchanan made a diving catch (for the second straight game) on a shallow fly ball hit by Jennie McNeill to left. Then in the bottom of the fourth, with one out and speedy pinch-runner Marki Creger-Zier and Victoria Hayward at the plate, Hayward hit a single to right. UH’s rightfielder Keiki Carlos fielded it cleanly and came up firing home to gun out Creger-Zier by a step at the plate for the second out to catcher Kayla Wartner. And in the bottom of the sixth, centerfielder Kelly Majam was on a full sprint to the right-centerfield gap. She dove to make a beautiful catch right in back of a diving Carlos.
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*