The University of Hawai’i softball team (12-9, 0-0 Big West) powered past Coastal Carolina, 8-4 in the final game of the 2016 Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament. Jennifer Iseri earned her second complete game win of the weekend, while Keiki Carlos and Rachel Lack both launched home runs to help propel UH to the win on Sunday afternoon at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
In her second collegiate start, Iseri (2-0) fired seven innings allowing four runs on eight hits with zero walks and two strike outs. It was the second time that she defeated the Chanticleers in the tourney.
The ‘Bows got one run in the bottom of the second on a two-out, RBI-single by Rachael Turner that drove in Lack (who was plunked to start the inning) from second to take an early 1-0 lead.
Hawai’i added two more runs in the bottom of the third. Sarah Muzik led the frame off with a single up the middle. She then raced around the bases to score on a Nicole Lopez double that hit off the centerfield fence. Later with runners at second and third, Lack drove a sacrifice fly rightfield to drive in Lopez from third to give UH a 3-0 lead.
But, the Chanticleers got two runs back in the top of the fourth on back-to-back solo home runs by Morgan Noad and Kelsey Dominik, cutting their deficit to 3-2.
Hawai’i responded in the bottom of the fifth with two home runs of their own. Keiki Carlos led off the frame with a solo home run that hit off the white foul pole in left field. It was the first home run of the season for Carlos and the 15th of her career. Ulu Matagiese then reached on an error and was followed by Lack who launched her third home run of the season to centerfield which gave Hawai’i a 6-2 lead. It marked her 11th roundtripper of her career.
CCU got one run back in the top of the sixth on an RBI single Dominik that drove in Tati Forbes.
Hawai’i loaded the bases to start the bottom of the sixth on a double to right-centerfield by Muzik. Lopez then hustled out a bunt base hit and Carlos walked. After a strike out, Lack came through with a two run single up the middle to score Muzik and Lopez, giving UH a 8-3 lead going into the seventh.
Coastal Carolina kept fighting though, posting one run and threatened to score more in the seventh. With one out, Mari Cook started things off with a pinch hit home run over the left-centefield fence. Angela Buccilli kept things going with a single to left and Bri Chiusano reached on a fielding error on the second baseman. Both runners advanced into scoring position as the ball trickled into rightfield. But, on the next play, Tati Forbes hit a grounder back to Iseri who threw to first for the second out and then Turner fired to Dori Ann Sugai who was at second to tag out Bri Chiusano for the pick off after she took a wide lead towards third before realizing the lead runner wasn’t moving to end the game.
CCU’s Taylor Rahach (0-2) took the loss throwing the first 3-1/3 innings. She gave up three runs on five hits with five strike outs. Ashley Guillette came in to throw 1-2/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with a walk and a strike. Mackenzie Conrad got the final three outs giving up one hit with a strike out.
For Hawai’i, Carlos was 2-for-3 with a home run; Lack went 2-for-2 with a home run and sac fly to go with career-high five RBI. Turner went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Muzik and Lopez were both 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Lopez also had one RBI on the day.
The same two teams will square off in a single, non-tournament game this Tuesday night at 6:00 pm at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.