Wahine squan­der early lead

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Star-Ad­ver­tiser Staff

Hawaii jumped out to a four-run lead, but No. 25 BYU ral­lied to a 7-5 win over the Rain­bow Wahine soft­ball team on Thurs­day in the open­ing game of the DeMarini Desert Clas­sic in Las Ve­gas. Sopho­more catcher Heather Cameron’s first ca­reer home run high­lighted UH’s early surge, but the Cougars jumped ahead with a five-run third in­ning, tak­ing the lead on Cait­lyn All­dredge’s three-run homer. UH fresh­man Callee Heen tied the game with a sac­ri­fice fly in the bot­tom of the third, but BYU (3-2) re­claimed the lead on Rylee Jensen’s run-scor­ing sin­gle in the fourth and Cougars ace McKenna Bull held off the Wahine (2-2) over the fi­nal four in­nings to earn the win in re­lief.

“We out­hit them, I thought we out­played them, but we just didn’t outscore them, and the first two don’t mat­ter if you don’t win,” UH coach Bob Coolen said. UH ju­nior Brit­tany Hitch­cock (1-2) gave up six runs on five hits, walked three and struck out one over three in­nings in the loss. Ju­nior right-han­der Dana Thom­sen al­lowed one run on five hits over four in­nings and struck out three in her UH de­but.

UH took the lead in the first in­ning on RBI sin­gles by Sarah Muzik and Heen. Cameron’s two-run homer in the se­cond gave the Wahine a 4-0 lead. Seven UH play­ers recorded hits the first time through the or­der against the Cougars, who posted a win over No. 8 Washington and lost to No. 2 Auburn and No. 4 Ok­la­homa last week. But BYU an­swered in the third, with All­dredge giv­ing the Cougars their first lead with her homer to left after a walk and sin­gle with two out. “We came out on fire. Brit­tany just started pitch­ing a lit­tle too fine and there was just that one in­ning,” Coolen said. “I was pleased with Dana, fi­nally shak­ing the rust off after a year not pitch­ing com­pet­i­tively. When we’re healthy we’re go­ing to have three pitch­ers, so that’s good for us.” Coolen said Hitch­cock and se­nior pitcher Kanani Aina Cabrales are fight­ing through ill­nesses go­ing into a dou­ble­header against San Jose State and Texas State to­day.


Hawaii’s Lahni Salanoa drove past Pele Gian­otti of UC Davis on Thurs­day night.

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