April 14, 2012
HONOLULU - Kelly Majam hit two home runs to lead 14th ranked Hawaii to a 9-1 win over Louisiana Tech Friday night at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium in the first of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series between the two teams.
With the victory, Hawaii improves to 33-4 overall and 7-2 in conference play while LA Tech falls to 18-21 overall, 5-4 in league action. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday at 7 p.m. CT.
Hawaii scored in all six innings, banging out 12 hits, including four home runs.
Majam opened the game with a solo home run over the right field fence off Tech starter Janna Frandrup to give the Rainbow Wahine a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Leisha Li'ili'I added an RBI single to make it 2-0 before Frandrup retired the final out, stranding the bases loaded.
Tech had a golden opportunity to tie the game or take the lead in the top of the second inning off UH starter Stephanie Ricketts as Katelynn Hill and Meghan Knowles both singled and Michelle Jones drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. However, Kendra Harmon flew out to centerfield to end the threat.
Majam added her second home run of the game - another solo shot - over the left centerfield fence with one out in the bottom of the second inning to extend the lead to 3-0. After Tech stranded a runner in the top of the third, Makani Duhaylonsod blasted a two-run home run to left centerfield off Frandrup in the bottom of the third to extend the lead to 5-0.
Frandrup, who entered the game with a 0.72 earned run average, gave up five runs on six hits in 3.0 innings of action.
Tech freshman Savannah Dollar came on in relief of Frandrup in the fourth, marking only the second game of her college career. Dollar surrendered two hits in the fourth, including an RBI single by Jessica Iwata, as UH pushed the advantage to 6-0.
After UH built a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, Tech finally got on the scoreboard as Knowles blasted a solo home run to left center - her fourth of the season - to make the score 7-1.
Hawaii ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as Li'ili'I hit a two-run home run off of Dollar to left field as the Rainbow Wahine won 9-1.
Despite surrendering four runs on six hits and two walks in 2.1 innings of action, Dollar battled the potent Rainbow Wahine during her time in the circle.
Ricketts (21-2) picked up the win as the two-time WAC Pitcher of the Year allowed one run on four hits and six walks while striking out 10 batters in 6.0 innings of action.
Knowles led Tech with two hits, including the home run, while Hill and Amanda Krueger each registered one hit.