Softball: Bobcats end Wahine season

Hawaii comes up short against Southwest Texas State at the NCAA Regional in Austin, Texas

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The Cinderella Season for the No. 5 seed University of Hawai'i ended this afternoon as the No. 6 seed Southwest Texas is to ignore Texas State edged the Rainbow Wahine, 2-1, in the NCAA Region 3 Tournament at McCombs Field in Austin, Texas.

The Bobcats now advance for a rematch against No. 1 seed Texas on Sunday having to beat the Lady Longhorns twice to make it to the NCAA College Softball World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., next week.

SWT (46-17-1) got on the board in the top of the first aided by some less than perfect defense by the Rainbow Wahine. SWT's Ashley Koop picked up a 1-out bunt single to third and advanced to second when UH second baseman Noelle Izumi dropped a potential double-play feed from shortstop Kate Judd off the bat of Ryan Stukel. After Melissa Coogan got Kati Trahan to fly out to right, Koop scored on an errant pick-off attempt by UH catcher Denise Dahlberg.

Hawai'i (40-20) responded in their half of the first when Tracie Uchima reached on an infield single to first, moved to second on Izumi's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Stacey Porter's double to right.

The Bobcats took the lead for good in the third as Kristen Zaleski hit a 1-out double to left and was given third when UH second baseman Izumi obstructed Zaleski trying to advance to third. Zaleski then scored on Koop's RBI single up the middle.

UH's Coogan (32-11) suffered the loss going all the way giving up two unearned runs on three hits, while striking out five and walking one.

SWT's Nicole Neuerburg (34-8) picked up the victory going the distance limiting UH to four hits while posting three strike outs and two walks.

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