Wahine softball sweeps 2 at Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic

Keiki Carlos // Hawaii Athletics

HENDERSON, Nev.—The University of Hawai’i softball team swept their doubleheader on the second day of the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic. UH overcame a seven-run deficit to defeat Utah State on a thrilling two-run, walk-off home run by Kayla Wartner in their first game of the day. In the ‘Bows’ second game, UH scored 10 runs in the second inning alone to go on to overwhelm Utah Valley, 17-3 in five innings. Heather Morales earned the win in relief against the Aggies, while Brittany Hitchcock picked up the W against UVU.

Hawai’i 11, Utah State 10
Stephanie Lynn Craig Softball Complex – Field 2

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The Rainbow Wahine overcame a seven-run deficit to defeat Utah State, 11-10 on a two-run, walk-off home run by Kayla Wartner.  Heather Morales earned the win in relief to improve UH’s record to 4-3.

Hawai’i got off to a rough start against the Aggies. In the top of the first inning, Kirstyn Namba launched a three-run home run to centerfield to give Utah State an early, 3-0 lead.

In the second inning, Utah State tacked on another run on an RBI single by Jolene Koons for a 4-0 lead. Then, Utah State kept their scoring streak going, adding three runs in the third on a solo home run by Brina Buttacavoli and later a two-run blast by Nicole Arata to go up, 7-0.

Hawai’I then started to chip away at the Wolverines’ lead, breaking through on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third on Lindsey Willmon‘s two-run home run to centerfield. It was her second homer of the season and 13th of the sophomore’s career. Kayla Wartner followed with a 12-pitch walk and later with two outs Leisha Li’ili’i got a hit up the middle, but both runners were stranded when the inning ended on ground out to third. Utah State led after three innings, 7-2.

Hawai’i inched even closer,  posting four runs in the bottom of the fourth to bring the score to 7-6 with the Aggies still leading. With pinch runner Sarah McAndrew and Keiki Carlos on base by way of walks, Willmon drilled a single down the leftfield line to drive in both runners. Wartner followed with a two-run, opposite-field blast over the left-centerfield fence. It was her 25th career homer and first of the season.

Utah State responded by extending their lead back to 10-6, scoring three unearned runs in the top of the fifth. The Aggies got the first on an RBI single by Koons which was followed by two-run single by pinch-hitter Libby Pederson.

Hawai’i though closed the gap again on an RBI double by Sarina Jaramillo that drove in pinch-runner Chenoa Au and Carlos followed with an RBI single to score Jaramillo to trail the Aggies 10-8 after five complete innings.

The Rainbow Wahine defense held USU scoreless in the top of the sixth then the UH offense got one more run on an RBI hit to right by Morales that drove in Rachel Lack who had walked earlier in the inning to come within one run of the Aggies, 10-9.

UH’s defense then went 3-up, 3-down for the first time in the game in the top of the seventh, still trailing by one run. Utah Valley’s defense got the first two outs of the bottom of the seventh. But Willmon then stretched out a triple to put a runner at third with Wartner coming to the plate. Wartner then launched her second opposite-field home run of the game to leftfield for the walk-off win, 11-10. For Wartner, it was the third time in her career that she has hit two home runs in one game. It is the second time that she’s hit a walk-off home run

Hawai’i 17, Utah Valley 3
Stephanie Lynn Craig Softball Complex – Field 2

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Hawai’i used a 10-run second inning to race past Utah Valley, 17-3 in five innings. UH improved to 5-3 overall while Utah Valley fell to 3-4 on the year.

UH’s Brittany Hitchcock (2-2) earned the win, giving up three runs on six hits with a walk and a strike out. Kanani Aina Cabrales threw the final inning with a walk.

UVU’s B. Moore took the loss (2-3) dropping her record to 2-3. She gave up 10 runs (only two earned) on seven hits in one-and-a-third innings pitched. K. Lawton threw the next two-and-a-third innings, allowing six runs on four hits with five walks. Christensen got the final two outs, allowing one run on one hit and one walk.

The 10-run, second inning saw UH rack up six hits but more costly was UVU’s four errors in the frame. Jaramillo drove in the first run with an RBI single laced up the middle to drive home Akiona. Carlos followed with her first home run of the season—a blast to left-centerfield. It was Carlos’ first homer of the season and ninth of her career. A couple of Wolverine errors allowed the inning to continue and two more runs to score. Morales then drilled a single through the leftside of the infield to drive in both Li”ili’i and Lack. Jaramillo got her second hit of the inning to drive in pinch runner Au. Then Jaramillo capped the scoring on a first-and-third double steal.

The Wolverines got three runs back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI single by Lauvai and a two-run double by Hensley. UH led 10-3 after two innings.

The score remained 10-3 until the fifth inning when UH erupted for seven more runs. LI”’ili’i and Akiona both had RBI hits to start the scoring barrage. Jarmillo then walked with the bases loaded to score Li”ili’i. ‘Ulu Matagiese then cleared the bases with her first career triple. She later scored on a passed ball to go into the bottom of the fifth with a 17-3 lead.

Hawai’i had four players with multiple hits–led by Keiki Carlos who went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI. Sarina Jaramillo and Heather Morales both went 2-for-3 as well with five RBI combined between the two. Willmon kept her hot-hitting going, with a double and 2-for-4 at the plate. Ulu Matagiese hit a bases clearing triple in the top of the fifth.

Next up for UH is No. 12 UCLA on Saturday night at 6:00 pm (PT).

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