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Rainbow Wahine face LBSU on senior week

By Jason Kaneshiro on May 11, 2017

Graduation ceremonies on the University of Hawaii campus necessitated an early start to senior weekend for the Rainbow Wahine softball team. With the the Manoa campus’ spring commencement ceremonies set for Saturday, UH’s season-ending series with Long Beach State was moved up a day from the usual Friday-Saturday window. As such, the Rainbow Wahine (28-21, 7-11 Big West) open their three-game series with the 49ers (21-27-1, 9-9) with a single game Thursday at 6 p.m. Friday’s senior night doubleheader is […]

Heen powers Rainbow Wahine past UCSB

By Jason Kaneshiro on April 28, 2017

Rainbow Wahine freshman Callee Heen launched two-run homers in consecutive plate appearances to power the UH softball team to a 5-1 win over UC Santa Barbara on Friday at Rainbow Wahine Softball stadium. Heen broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-run shot just inside the right-field foul pole. She came back up in the sixth and was hit by a pitch but umpire Jim Bertuzzi ruled that Heen had leaned into the pitch […]

UH softball rebounds to claim series win

By Jason Kaneshiro on April 1, 2017

The Rainbow Wahine softball team split a doubleheader with UC Davis on Saturday to emerge from the opening weekend of Big West play with a series win. After UC Davis rallied to a 7-6 win in the opening game, UH right-hander Brittany Hitchcock tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts and freshman shortstop Angelique Ramos hit a tiebreaking home run in the fourth inning to propel UH to a 6-2 win in the deciding game of the series. UH, which won […]

Coolen contract extension in the works

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 24, 2017

Talks are under way to extend the contract of University of Hawaii softball coach Bob Coolen, athletic director David Matlin said Thursday. With a break in the Rainbow Wahine schedule, Matlin said he met this week with Coolen — whose current deal expires this summer — to discuss a multi-year contract. “I think the intentions on both sides are there so we just have to get some details ironed out and go from there,” Matlin said. Coolen’s previous extension, agreed […]

Lopez leads surging UH into Big West season

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 20, 2017

Coming out of a relatively chilly February, Nicole Lopez caught fire in March. The Rainbow Wahine sophomore scuffled through the first three weeks of the season and was hitting .244 through 12 games. With opponents leery of testing her ability to turn on the inside pitch, she went back into the batting cage during a break in the schedule to widen her focus at the plate. “I wasn’t really seeing the ball too well a few weeks ago,” Lopez said. […]

Heen heats up for Rainbow Wahine

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 3, 2017

As sometimes happens in recruiting, Hawaii softball coach Bob Coolen was on his way to watch one of his recruits when he got a tip on another prospect. Coolen had planned to watch eventual UH signee Sarah Muzik, now UH’s starting second baseman, and another coach advised him to take a look at Callee Heen, a catcher/shortstop/outfielder a year behind Muzik. It took one swing to sell Coolen on adding Heen to his priority list for the class of 2016. […]

Freshmen contribute to opening-night sweep

By Jason Kaneshiro on February 10, 2017

Playing in familiar surroundings, Chardonnay Pantastico made a smooth transition from orange and black to green and white on Thursday. An All-State shortstop at Campbell, the Hawaii freshman started in right field in her collegiate debut at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. After going 0-for-2 against Sacramento State in the first game of UH’s season-opening Paradise Classic doubleheader, Pantastico went 3-for-3 and launched UH’s first home run of 2017 in a 5-3 win over Boise State. “It felt really good,” Pantastico […]

UH voted fifth in Big West softball poll

By Jason Kaneshiro on February 1, 2017

Big West softball coaches voted Hawaii fifth in the conference’s preseason poll released on Wednesday. The Rainbow Wahine open the season Feb. 9 with a Paradise Classic doubleheader against Sacramento State and Boise State. UH will also face Oregon State and UAB in the three-day tournament. A young Rainbow Wahine team went 24-30 overall last season and finished seventh in the Big West at 8-13. Junior right-hander Brittany Hitchcock was an All-Big West second-team pick for the second straight season […]