SEATTLE, Wash.—The No. 20/23 University of Hawai`i softball team’s season came to an end in the Regional Championship game, falling to No. 11/9 Washington, 8-0 in five innings. Senior pitcher Kaia Parnaby suffered the loss, dropping her record to 39-8 thus ending the most prolific single-season pitching performance in UH history. It was the final game for five Hawai`i seniors who concluded their careers on Sunday—Tara Anguiano, Brynne Buchanan, Jessica Iwata, Kelly Majam and Parnaby.
Parnaby threw just 2.2 innings in her final UH game. She gave up five runs on six hits with three walks and one strike out. However, her performance in her last game was not indicative of what an amazing season she had. Parnaby set new UH and Big West single-season records with 342 strike outs and 39 wins. For her career, the Aussie southpaw finishes in the UH career record books ranked No. 2 in strikeouts (794); shutouts (tied with Brooke Wilkins’ 32); saves (5) and wins (86) and is No. 3 with 89 complete games.
Washington’s Bryana Walker shut down the powerful Hawai`i offense on Sunday, firing her second career no-hitter. She threw all five innings, with two walks and 12 strike outs—including a string of eight straight between the first and fourth innings. Walker faced just 17 batters with just Majam working her way all the way to third after walking to get on.
In the first inning, with one out, UW’s Hooch Fagaly drew a walk and hustled into third on a single to right-centerfield. With runners at the corner and one out, Kylee Lahners lifted a fly to right. On the play UH rightfielder, Keiki Carlos caught the fly and fired home while Fagaly tagged at third and tried to come home. Carlos gunned out Fagaly by a step at the plate while catcher Kayla Wartner hung to the ball on while getting knocked backwards after making the play to end the inning on the double play. It was the second time in as many days that Carlos threw out a Husky runner trying to score.
Although Hawai`i is know as a power hitting team, it was Washington who came through with clutch hits. In the third, UW posted five runs on a two run homer by designated player Kaitlin Inglesby and four batters later, Whitney Jones launched a three-run bomb over the rightfield fence.
Parnaby was then relieved by freshman Loie Kesterson with two outs in the top of the third. Jennie McNeill kept things rolling for the Huskies with a single to second, but Wartner whipped the ball to Iwata at second to cut down McNeill trying to steal second for the final out of the inning.
Kesterson retired UW in order in the fourth, but in the fifth, the Huskies put the game away by scoring three runs to make the score 8-0 after four and a half innings. Inglesby and Lahners started the inning with back-to back singles. A sacrifice bunt to third moved both runners into scoring position and Shawna Wright then drove in one run in with a single up the middle. Then with runners at the corners, the Huskies executed a double-steal to score Lahners from third. Later, McNeill drove in Jones from second with a single to right for UW’s eighth and final run of the game.
Hawai`i went 2-2 in the 2013 Seattle Regional, with two wins over Minnesota and two losses to Washington.
Along with Parnaby, two other seniors concluded their stellar careers. Iwata finished her career as UH’s all-time RBI leader with 197 and is No. 2 with 249 hits, 46 doubles, and 100 walks. She is No. 5 in UH history with a .360 batting average. This season, Iwata hit .319 with 32 runs scored, 11 doubles, eight home runs and 38 RBI.
Majam is Hawai`i’s career record holder with 235 runs scored, 47 doubles, 159 walks and 72 home runs. During the Regional, she scored two runs, which earned her the Big West single-season record for runs scored, passing two players who had crossed the plate 58 times. Majam led UH with her 59 runs, 42 walks, 13 doubles, 18 home runs, a .723 slugging percenteage and a .459 on-base percentage.
The Rainbow Wahine finish the season with 44 wins–which is the seventh most in school history. Hawai`i captured its second Big West title in its first year back in the league with a 20-4 mark in conference. The ‘Bows have now won six conference crowns, and for the first time in school history UH won back-to-back conference titles–last year in the Western Athletic Conference and this year in the BWC.