No. 20/22 Hawaii Tops Memphis, 5-1
Feb. 27, 2013
HONOLULU, Hawaii - No. 20/22 Hawaii scored three late runs on its way to a 5-1 victory over the University of Memphis softball team at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on Wednesday night.
Ellen Roberts (2-6) struck out nine but walked seven, suffering the loss and snapping a season-long three-game winning streak for the Tigers (5-9). The Australian allowed four earned runs on seven hits.
Memphis stranded eight runners on base as the team continues to struggle recording clutch hits in the early part of the season. Lelani Bernardino led the U of M with a 2-for-4 performance and scored the Tigers' only run of the game in the third inning.
Roberts' fellow Aussie, Kaia Parnaby (7-2), earned the victory for Hawaii (9-4), allowing an unearned run on five hits and striking out seven.
Hawaii took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs on one hit in the second inning. Leisha Li'ili'I led off the inning with a towering home run to left center for her first dinger of the year. Jazmine Zamora later came around to score the second run on a bases loaded walk to Kayla Wartner.
Memphis cut into the lead with an unearned run in the top third. Bernardino led off the inning with a single to left and advanced to second on an error by the left fielder. After advancing to third on single by Morgan Mosby, Bernardino scored on a two-out wild pitch on a swinging strikeout by Jaye Smith.
Wartner gave Hawaii a 3-1 lead with a solo home run to left field to open the bottom of the fifth with her second RBI. A double and two walks loaded the bases with one out following the home run, but Roberts struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
Memphis used a 1-6-3 double play to open the inning hopeful for an easy frame. But after a walk to Wartner followed by an illegal pitch, a Keiki Carlos double to left center brought in pinch runner Tara Anguiano. Jessica Iwata then drove in the fifth Rainbow Wahine run with a single to right to score Carlos.
Carlos and Iwata both finished with two hits in the game and Wartner went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored for Hawaii.
Memphis will begin the Bank of Hawaii Invitational on Friday against Campbell at 3:30 p.m. (HT)/ 7:30 (CT). The Tigers will also play Western Kentucky and Hawaii in the three-day tournament.