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 1995 and 2007, when Wahine edged the Bruins 3-1 in eight innings in Westwood on their way to the program’s first Super Regional appearance. The Wahine and Bruins also met in the 2010 Women’s College World Series with UCLA winning 5-2.
The UH-Fresno State rivalry was among the fiercest in the Western Athletic Conference and their Feb. 9 meeting will be the first since UH moved to the Big West following the 2012 season. The last time the Bulldogs visited Manoa in 2012, Kaia Parnaby earned an 11-inning complete-game victory with Kayla Wartner delivering a walk-off homer in the first game of the senior day doubleheader. Stephanie Ricketts followed by throwing a no-hitter in a 2-0 win in her final RWSS appearance.
In what has become an annual rite, UH faces BYU on Feb. 14 to open the three-day UNLV Classic in Las Vegas.
UH hosts three more nonconference tournaments in a lengthy homestand, starting with the Hawaii Invitational (Feb. 21-23, Canisius, DePaul, New Mexico).
The Outrigger Resorts Hawaii Spring Fling Tournament (March 6-10) features California’s return along with St. Bonaventure, Niagara, Utah and SIU-Edwardsville.
The Bears have been regular visitors over the years with their 2012 duel among the most memorable. Ricketts and Cal’s Jolene Henderson took twin shutouts into the 10th inning before the top-ranked Bears broke on top. UH responded with Sarah Robinson’s RBI single in the bottom of the inning and Jessica Iwata ended it with a two-run walk-off homer. The Bears pitching staff this season will again feature Kamehameha graduate Kamalani Dung, who started last year’s season-opener against UH.
The nonconference schedule closes with the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic (March 13-16). Niagara and SIUE will stick around for a second week and will be joined by SEC power Alabama. UH will face the Crimson Tide on March 15 and 16. UH’s last meeting with Alabama, of course, ended with the most significant swing in the program’s history — Jenna Rodriguez’s walk-off two-run homer in the final game of the Tuscaloosa Super Regional to send the Wahine to the 2010 WCWS.
UH opens Big West play with a home series against Long Beach State (March 29-30). The Wahine also play host to UC Santa Barbara (April 12-13), UC Riverside (April 26-27) and UC Davis (May 9-10). They play at Cal Poly (April 5-6), defending champion Cal State Fullerton (April 19-20) and Cal State Northridge (May 3-4).
UH opponents in last season’s final USA Today/NFCA Top 25
No. 3 UCLA
No. 14 Alabama
No. 20 Long Beach State
Cal State Fullerton (RV)
UH softball 2019 schedule Record: 0-0 overall, 0-0 Big West
|2/7/2019||Georgia State||RWSS||7 p.m.|
|2/9/2019||Fresno State||RWSS||3 p.m.|
|2/9/2019||Saint Mary's||RWSS||5 p.m.|
|2/14/2019||BYU||Las Vegas, Nev.||5 p.m.|
|2/15/2019||Fordham||Las Vegas, Nev.||1:30 p.m.|
|2/15/2019||UTEP||Las Vegas, Nev.||3:30 p.m.|
|2/16/2019||Weber State||Las Vegas, Nev.||9 a.m.|
|2/16/2019||Seattle University||Las Vegas, Nev.||1:30 p.m.|
|2/20/2019||New Mexico||RWSS||6 p.m.|
|2/22/2019||New Mexico||RWSS||7 p.m.|
|2/23/2019||Hawaii Invitational TBA||RWSS||TBA|
|3/6/2019||St. Bonaventure||RWSS||6 p.m.|
|3/29/2019||Long Beach State*||RWSS||6 p.m.|
|3/30/2019||Long Beach State* (DH)||RWSS||2 p.m., 4 p.m.|
|4/5/2019||Cal Poly*||San Luis Obispo, Calif.||2 p.m.|
|4/6/2019||Cal Poly* (DH)||San Luis Obispo, Calif.||10 a.m., Noon|
|4/12/2019||UC Santa Barbara*||RWSS||6 p.m.|
|4/13/2019||UC Santa Barbara* (DH)||RWSS||2 p.m., 4 p.m.|
|4/19/2019||Cal State Fullerton*||Fullerton, Calif.||3 p.m.|
|4/20/2019||Cal State Fullerton* (DH)||Fullerton, Calif.||11 a.m., 1 p.m.|
|4/26/2019||UC Riverside*||RWSS||6 p.m.|
|4/27/2019||UC Riverside* (DH)||RWSS||2 p.m., 4 p.m.|
|5/3/2019||Cal State Northridge*||Northridge, Calif.||Noon|
|5/4/2019||Cal State Northridge* (DH)||Northridge, Calif.||10 a.m., Noon|
|5/9/2019||UC Davis*||RWSS||6 p.m.|
|5/10/2019||UC Davis* (DH)||RWSS||4 p.m., 6 p.m.|
|Home games played at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium|
|Schedule subject to change|
|* Big West Conference game|