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Dino, Gandia-Mak impress in Wahine debuts

By Jason Kaneshiro on February 12, 2019

This season marks nine years since Hawaii’s landmark run to the Women’s College World Series and the ripples of that remarkable spring continue to wash ashore for the Rainbow Wahine. Izzy Dino and Mikaela Gandia-Mak were still in elementary school when they followed UH’s march to Oklahoma City and thrilled in the win over top-seeded Alabama. “I remember watching them in 2010 in the world series,” said Gandia-Mak, who was 10 at the time. “It made a huge imprint.” Last […]

Wahine walk off Mavericks, fall to No. 1 Bruins

By Jason Kaneshiro on February 9, 2019

Hawaii closed its first game on Friday with a display of resilience. The Rainbow Wahine then got an up-close look at pure dominance in the finish of the day. The Wahine opened their Paradise Classic doubleheader with a six-run first inning against Texas-Arlington, only to see the Mavericks catch and pass them in the top of the seventh. But Nicole Lopez’s leadoff double sparked a Wahine response in the bottom of the inning and sophomore center fielder Brittnee Rossi gave […]

Softball socks Georgia State to open 2019

By Brian McInnis on February 8, 2019

It was the start Bob Coolen was looking for. Hawaii crushed Georgia State 8-0 in five mercy-shortened innings late Thursday night to launch the 2019 season, as sixth-year senior Brittany Hitchcock tossed a one-hitter and Callee Heen and Nicole Lopez paced the Rainbow Wahine at the plate. “That was something we haven’t done in a long time, is come out on the first night and really pound the ball,” said Coolen, who launched his 28th season. “Pitching was there — […]

Hitchcock primed for fifth opener

By Jason Kaneshiro on February 6, 2019

In his meticulous penmanship, Hawaii softball coach Bob Coolen has written Brittany Hitchcock’s name on the bottom line of his lineup card for each of the last four Rainbow Wahine season openers. With Hitchcock back for a sixth year with the program, Coolen will likely make it five straight opening-night starts for the right-hander on Thursday when UH takes on Georgia State at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. Hitchcock’s first run at a senior season ended with surgery to treat a […]

VIDEO: Softball gears up for opener

By Brian McInnis on February 4, 2019

The 2019 season is nearly upon the Hawaii softball team. UH will likely be tested, and then some, in the opening couple days of the season. The Rainbow Wahine begin against Georgia State at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hawaii Paradise Classic at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. The next day, they’ll take on Texas-Arlington at 4:30 p.m., followed by UCLA (ranked No. 1 in one of the two primary polls, and No.2 in the other) at 7 p.m., or a […]

Rainbow Wahine fourth in BWC softball poll

By Jason Kaneshiro on January 31, 2019

Big West softball coaches voted the Rainbow Wahine fourth in the conference’s preseason poll released Thursday. The Rainbow Wahine received 33 points in the poll of the league’s eight coaches. UH went 23-27 overall last year and tied for seventh in the Big West at 7-14. The Wahine are in a tight pack in the middle of the 2019 poll with four points separating third and sixth place. Three-time defending Big West champion Cal State Fullerton is favored to make […]

UH softball coming into focus

By Jason Kaneshiro on January 26, 2019

Experience matters, even on team picture day. The Rainbow Wahine softball team broke out the gameday uniforms last week Friday for the annual photo session prior to practice. Guided by the sports media relations staff, the Wahine made quick work of the process, leaving enough time for a few candids on their phones before getting changed for practice. The veteran nature of the roster has created similarly efficient practices as the Wahine work toward their Feb. 7 opener. “I think […]

Rainbow Wahine softball renews rivalries in ’19

By Jason Kaneshiro on December 12, 2018

Rainbow Wahine softball will celebrate its 35th year of competition by taking on a schedule featuring several schools that played prominent roles at various points in the program’s history. UH released the 2019 schedule (see below) on Monday and the Wahine open the season on Feb. 7 against Georgia State in the Hawaii Paradise Classic and will also face UCLA and Fresno State during the three-day tournament at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. UH’s series with UCLA includes regional matchups in […]