The Paradise Classic ended the way it started for the Hawaii softball team.
With a lopsided win over Northern Colorado.
In between, the Rainbow Wahine took their lumps from Memphis and Iowa State, the latter of which went on to win the four-team tournament on Saturday afternoon, as they worked through new roles and responsibilities.
After beating UNC 11-2 in the season opener Thursday, the Wahine absorbed 8-4 and 15-3 successive defeats to ISU and Memphis on Friday. The first loss, though closer, might have been the more painful as UH led ISU most of the way, then gave up seven runs in the sixth inning as Ashley Murphy was chased.
In a bracketed semifinal Saturday morning, Iowa State, which made the program’s first trip to the islands, beat UH one more time, 7-2.
Still, the Wahine managed to take third place by beating the UNC Bears 9-0 (not 9-1 as listed in the embedded video) in the final game of the day Saturday.
Ashley Murphy has a 5-inning 1-hitter as #HawaiiSB beats Northern Colorado 9-1 to take third in the Paradise Classic.
UH moves to 2-3. pic.twitter.com/elBAQqm4dd
— Hawaii Warrior World (@hawaiiwworld) February 9, 2020
Murphy, a sophomore who was a reliever last year, bounced back with her best outing to date. She picked up her first win of the season, and third career, in tossing a one-hitter in the five-inning win over the Bears. Sophomore Izzy Dino started the other three games in her new role as the front-line pitcher, going 1-2 with a 3.97 ERA.
Hitting-wise, Cheeks Ramos led UH with a .429 average (6-for-14) and four extra-base hits through the tournament while easing into her new role as third baseman; the hot corner was occupied by All-Big West mainstay Nicole Lopez the last few years. Senior catcher Callee Heen had a team-high eight RBIs and team-high on-base percentage of .556.
Division I transfers Sammie Ofoia (SIU-Edwardsville) and Nawai Kaupe (Washington) each supplied a home run during the tournament. Heen and Brittnee Rossi also went deep one time.
UH (2-3) eschewed its usual trip to Las Vegas this year in favor of doing the Golden State Classic tournament at Lake Elsinore, Calif. UH opens up with a doubleheader against Utah State (1-4) and Army (4-1) on Friday.