Harry situation

May 4th, 2013
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We all know that know-it-all newcomer who mistakes Hawaii's laid-back lifestyle for indecisiveness.

Heck, I was that guy.

And then one day in social studies, while acting like how that guy acts, I got hit on the head with a wad of paper. It proved to be metaphorical.

"Hey, Katonk," Harrison Kawate whispered. And then Harry, who would become one of my best friends and the MC at my wedding, gave the talk that all newcomers should receive.

I'm reminded of that when I read tweets about missing lightbulbs at UH or reasons about why Rainbows will no longer be affiliated with UH's men's sports teams. The intent is well-meanig and correct, but there are ways to do things without blaming predecessors or appearing to be self-serving.

In the case of the Warrior/Rainbow debate, of course, it was correct to go with one nickname. No doubt about that.

It wasn't a difficult declaration. There are no bylaws about nicknames; no approval needed from the UH president or Board of Regents. At UH, it is easier to pick a nickname than to hire a conditioning coach. Heck, it's easier than changing a lightbulb. All you need is a Twitter account.

The mistake is to acknowledge the decision was based on marketing and branding. A no-no in marketing is to let consumers know they are being marketed. Also, in time, there will be the realization that the rainbow truly is dead. It's similar to fans of canceled TV shows hoping for a movie. It rarely happens. In this situation, there will be no retro nights, no secondary apparel lines. When it's gone, it's gone, and the realization will inevitably generate more grumbling. This is Hawaii. The temperature of public opinion is not taken on Dole Street at 5 p.m. on the Friday before finals week. And no matter how much inclusiveness was involved in the decision, there will be someone who says: "Nobody asked me what I thought." That's just the way it is.

* * * * *

Avis has selected PapaJoe2 as the winner of the DVD.

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Oh, look, I've got another "Rainbows" T-shirt.

To enter the drawing, please post: Aloha, softball seniors.

Avis will pick a winner.

298 Responses to “Harry situation”

  1. wowlaulau:

    first?


  2. whitey:

    thanks ST


  3. tommui:

    GOOD MORNING HAWAII!

    Voting for a nickname often results in an unforeseen consequence like "Anteater", "Banana Slug" etc.

    Let the man do the job he was hired to do.

    Like the Charlie Brown on the baseball mound, don't surround him with unpaid advisors telling him how to pitch.

    Good going ST!


  4. tommui:

    GO NA WAHINE!


  5. duffer:

    Good Morning WARRIOR BEAT!


  6. duffer:

    Kaia's strikeout to walk ratio is just AWESOME.


  7. egan.kawamoto:

    What was the talk you received?


  8. Harvard:

    Good morning everyone! Another hazy day in Kapahulu.
    Aloha, softball seniors.


  9. A-House:

    What's done is done?

    Maybe not and maybe done. Whatever the case, the rationale for change is important as is the message and promises made.

    Some applaud the swiftness, deciveness of the decision. Others feel it was too quick and done deal. It's all about character and integrity of the individual.

    Some feel change is necessary to move forward and in most instances it would be true; others may not agree. Whatever the case, who should be the decisionmaker? For example, the motor vehicle and aircraft and modernizations to each has certainly moved us, humanity, forward as did improvements is science and medicine.

    Someone mentioned that coaches, players, administrators, etc. come and go,but the "fans/supporters" are the "bedrock" for UH. Yes, they also come and go too, but the core, its strength remains. Is Ferd correct in saying that the "fans/supporters" should be the decisionmaker? Maybe, and maybe not.

    As in the song, Que Sera Sera, "the future is not ours to see".


  10. A-House:

    Wonder what will happen if the next UH Athletic Director decides to change the "nick name" back to "Rainbows"?

    The debate will rage on again.


  11. chawan_cut:

    how come the blog looks funny today?


  12. chawan_cut:

    oh wait, nvm, it was me.


  13. A-House:

    All is well in the valley - no rain, cloudy, humid - ah, another beautiful day in paradise.

    Still in the pits on the Na Wahine loss last nite.

    Today, in another opportunity to rebound and win the next 2 or more games to gain the BWC softball championshi!

    GO WAHINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  14. cocobean:

    Aloha, softball seniors.


  15. Pomai®:

    Ya know duffer I bet she would gladly give that up for the W instead. LOL


  16. WarriorMojo:

    Morning, ST. Gonna have to disagree with you here. The culture needs to change if UH athletics is to move forward and stay competitive.

    We wanted/NEEDED someone to lead UH through the challenging times ahead. Ben Jay may or may not be the right guy for that, but we'll NEVER know unless we let him run.

    One problem with a theoretical democracy is that the village idiot gets a vote equal to that of the most visionary and adept leader. Too often there are more idiots than visionaries, so where does that usually get us?


  17. Stephen Tsai:

    I just really, really like that green.


  18. Stephen Tsai:

    My solution would be for UH-Hilo to use the Rainbow nickname.
    I mean, aside from Spock, what the heck is a Vulcan?


  19. TMx808:

    GO WARRIORS!!!!!

    Aloha, softball Seniors


  20. TMx808:

    ST:

    Is the football team getting new uniforms?


  21. WarriorMojo:

    And who is this Chinen dude anyway? How many games did he attend last year? And in which sports?


  22. Stephen Tsai:

    WarriorMojo:
    Good point.
    But you've inspired me to have another poll: Idiot/Visionary debate.


  23. Stephen Tsai:

    TMx
    I do not think the football team is getting new uniforms.


  24. Stephen Tsai:

    I think University Lab School should decide.
    Although I'm not quite sure how I feel about Junior Warriors.


  25. migloto:

    stephen tsai: excellent post. your assessment hit the bullseye.


  26. Stephen Tsai:

    WarriorMojo:
    You're correct that everybody did not need to be polled.
    But there are people who think they should have been asked. Everybody wants his/her opinion to be valued.


  27. gmahoney:

    Aloha, softball seniors.


  28. TMx808:

    I also feel that all of our team apparel should be made by only one manufacter.....I think all sports teams should wear Under Armour...Kind of retarded that Mens Basketball is wearing Addidas, Womens Volleyball wearing Nike and the Volleyball teams wearing Asics


  29. 3Point1Four:

    ST, would you give us an update on the lightbulb situation? Have they been replaced by BJ/volunteers or was a work order generated for the electricians to replace them?


  30. Old School Dave:

    Sometimes it takes an independent outsider to say that the "Emperor Has No Clothes." The people may not like what is said, even if it's true.

    I can just imagine Ben Jay's reaction when discovering, first hand, the degree of disrepair and lack of maintenance with the athletic facilities. Apparently, his predecessors took a "yeah, but what can I do" attitude with regards to the poor conditions of the facilities and in letting them get even worse. Who can forget when, then, Cooke Field had its surface stripped away and there was only the blacktop for athletes to workout on. I'm sure the AD at the time had a good view of this situation on a daily basis, but nothing was done.

    Seems to be a lot of misdirected energy. Schools like Utah State have a new 20,000 square foot strength and conditioning complex nearing completion, funded almost entirely by private donations and fund raising. Here at UH we fight over the nickname of the teams.


  31. kev-1:

    The nickname change is done. It is time to get behind the Warriors as a whole. It will be hard to do that when the media won't let it go. One can't continue to say that the nickname change was a good thing, but continue to resentfully bring it up.


  32. 76south:

    what do the students wearing the uniforms NOW think of the name changes? Has anyone asked them?


  33. Stephen Tsai:

    I think the debate is a great test of the UH's marketing and media relations departments.
    It's interesting to see how UH responds other than: We made a decision. That's it.


  34. Kapahulu:

    #18
    That might be a good idea, as in Rainbow Falls nearby.


  35. Old School Dave:

    Agreed. Need to focus on USC, Oregon State, and the rest of the 2013 opponents.


  36. SteveM:

    Good morning everyone!

    Aloha, softball seniors.


  37. Stephen Tsai:

    I'm always surprised when newly hired coaches and administrators "discover" the inadequacies at UH. Why doesn't the selection committee give tours?


  38. SteveM:

    WarriorMojo:
    May 4th, 2013 at 8:01 am
    ...
    One problem with a theoretical democracy is that the village idiot gets a vote equal to that of the most visionary and adept leader. Too often there are more idiots than visionaries, so where does that usually get us?

    WarriorMojo-- let me guess at your rhetorical question: Gets us the formation of another committee? :evil:


  39. d1shima:

    Great Morning All!

    After July 1, God willing, I believe I will still be writing checks to: University of Hawaii. Like it or not, I do not have an option of getting habuts enough to switch from being a U of H fan to a Hawaii St. fan so I'll ride along. The UHAD can use any nickname it wants and I can yell anything I want at the games or in my living room. I not the boss of them, they not the boss of me.

    You want your word to really matter? Plop down $10M+....
    $50M or more probably gets them to name them after your daughter's fayrit pony. Short of that, resign yourself to showing up at the games and yell your head off, too.

    Any word one new S&C Coach yet?


  40. walter:

    Aloha, softball seniors


  41. Stephen Tsai:

    During the selection process, I think somebody needed to say:
    "The athletic department has an accumulated deficit of $11 million that it "borrowed" from a school fund, its teams only get a fraction from apparel and food sales, it pays visiting teams to travel here, there's no coffee and the lightbulbs don't work — you want the job?"


  42. Stephen Tsai:

    d1:
    It's in the vetting process.
    Since Wonder Blunder, it's a long process to hire somebody.


  43. Whats up:

    Hawaii Warriors or Hawaii Rainbow Warriors for mens sports, that is the question? I don't think it really matters that one name for both men and women sports for media/marketing purposes in the case for Hawaii. UH has the luxury of being a University located in a unique State that has Aloha and Paradise. Most of population in the United States and abroad can relate the male sports as Hawaii Warriors and the female sports as Hawaii Rainbow Wahine without confusion based upon the gender.

    This is a good compromise, the mens sports like the Warrior Football team gets a more quasi-bravado, testosterone infused name as the Hawaii Warriors. While the women sports gets the classic yet classy ever Hawaii traditional name of Rainbow Wahine. It satisfies both sides of this debate, to change the name to Lady Warriors (Women) or Rainbow Warriors (Men) would be a tragedy to tradition and compromise alike! Thats why there is compromise so both side gets something but not everything they want. I think sometimes we all forget about how to compromise, just look at the U.S. Congress!!

    While I agree with Stephen Tsai that seeing those green uniforms of yester-year would be sweet, I think the retro night and maybe a uniform variation sometime in the future will cover the nostalgia that we all would like see again. Heck, the Hawaii Warriors uniform has changed a lot over the past couple of decades, just think about how many variations we already have seen. I don't see the need of changing the name of the Warrior Football program to get green uniforms, thats just a little extreme.


  44. Stephen Tsai:

    If UH decided today it wanted to hire a GA, it would be really close if the new guy would be hired before the start of training camp.


  45. d1shima:

    3-Prong,

    Thinking about you guys this weekend. Stop by Muchos and have an Oregon Burrito for me and remember Shari's serves cold ones til late. ;-)

    Go 'Cats!


  46. Stephen Tsai:

    Great points, all.
    I don't disagree with the decision. I've stated it's a good one.
    I just found it amusing that UH's rebuttal is: "We made a decision, that's it."
    UH doesn't need to be sympathetic to the "Rainbow" followers, but it needs to act that way.
    Meet with the Letterwinners Club. Meet with Mr. Chinen. Sympathize. It's just good PR to appear to have compassion for people's passion.


  47. SteveM:

    Bon Voyage to Lo-Cal Tsai-ko hawnstln and my classmate "Hagi", who are probably sailing out of Boston Harbor enroute to QuebecCity at this moment. A 14-nt back-to-back cruise on the Holland Veendam. Unusual for this time of year.


  48. SteveM:

    ST -- I'm curious how many t-shirts and caps this decision will sell... or not sell...after this big fuss. But that's just a small change money, right?


  49. Rodney:

    #35 Amen
    "Just win baby"


  50. tommui:

    #46 ST - I believe that Mr. Jay met with Mr. Chinen for about an hour.
    Mr. Jay made a decision that Mr. Chinen did not agree with.

    I noticed that while the TV people made a big thing about yesterday's "rally", they did not mention the number of fans that attended - I think the print media said about 75-100 showed up.

    So should the Lettermen's Club meet with Mr. Jay and their viewpoint duly noted and respected, and the result is the same, will they go out and have a rally as well?

    We talk about Mr. Jay's decision as "my way or the highway". But isn't it the same for Mr. Chinen's group as well?


  51. 808bowler:

    Aloha softball seniors.


  52. Derek:

    We should always remember the Golden Rule. And that is, he who holds the gold, rules! You might not like it, but you have bite the bullet, like taxes for instance. Don't like the Warriors name? You can boycott the game. Me, it's still the Univ. of Hawaii and I will still support the team.


  53. jenO:

    Aloha, softball seniors.


  54. koakane:

    HS softball tourny schedule is finalized and starts next Tuesday 1pm @ RWSS. first game Leileihua vs Lahainaluna, Ke'au vs Mililani @ 3, Kapolei vs Moanalua @ 5 and Punahou vs Waipahu @ 7.

    seeded team draw byes till Wednesday #1 KSKapalama, #2 Campbell, #3 Baldwin and #4 Hilo.

    side note and congrats to Campbell HS D1 boys baseball and D1 girls softball teams for winning the 2013 OIA titles. can't recall it ever happening but I maybe wrong.


  55. koakane:

    Stephen Tsai Says: May 4th, 2013 at 8:03 am My solution would be for UH-Hilo to use the Rainbow nickname. I mean, aside from Spock, what the heck is a Vulcan?

    ST May the 4th be with you.


  56. jm2375 (iPad):

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Aloha, softball seniors.
    Go Wahine!
    Go Bows!

    Jr. Bows forever!

    Geez, it already took forever to hire someone before. How long can hiring a GA take? Isn't the salary already set? Don't all GAs campus-wide get the same salary?

    Vulcans - isn't a Vulcan a bird of prey? Or is it referring to the volcanoes?
    (I'm starting to sound like iwwthm)


  57. green tea:

    ALOHA SOFT BALL SENIORS.....

    Don't matter to me what they call UH Sports. So long they kick butt, take names and win championships. Warriors 3 and zip in 2012. A whooped warrior team that is.


  58. Suzanne Cofer:

    Aloha, softball seniors.


  59. Harvard:

    In ancient Roman religion and myth, Vulcan (Latin: Vulcanus) is the god of fire including the fire of volcanoes. Vulcan is often depicted with a blacksmith's ...
    From Wikipedia


  60. Harvard:

    JM2375
    You are thinking of vultures, I think.


  61. wafan:

    Good afternoon!


  62. wafan:

    jm3872938472938723.1 . . .

    Klingon ships were birds of prey.


  63. wafan:

    Mid 70's with absolutely blue and cloudless sky.

    Whoo-hoo!


  64. wafan:

    Go SoftBows!


  65. wafan:

    Aloha, Softball seniors!

    Whoo-hoo!!!


  66. wafan:

    Congratulations to ppj2!

    'Attaway!!!


  67. wafan:

    Go SoftBows!

    Be the titas!!!


  68. 3-Prong:

    45 d1: Thanks for the tips. Picked up the Mrs at airport and spent the day at the Portland Saturday Market, also coincided with Cinco De Mayo celebration. Ice cold cervezas w/lime and some awesome nachos. Cool vibe happening right on the Willamette River. Tonite should be good. Hard to beat last year though.....

    ............and Aloha Softball Seniors!


  69. 3-Prong:

    Lets Go Bows


  70. SteveM:

    Re: #62
    wafan -- the Klingons got those from Romulans. Romulan Birds of prey, Klingon Battle Cruisers, Federation starships. Had them hanging from my ceiling as a kid. :)


  71. wafan:

    Place is pleasant. Nice to see civility return.


  72. wafan:

    Thanks SteveM.


  73. papajoe2:

    Very busy day today. Trying to get the wife's car fixed. Sister's camping birthday party (which so far I am missing). UH Softbows home finale. Tuned in late to the blog.
    Low and behold, I won a contest!
    Mahalo ST and Avis! or as my friend used to say, 'Thank you, thank you very much!"


  74. Whats up:

    By the dismal turnout of the well publicized and reported rally yesterday, I don't expect the Lettermen's club or someone else like a Mr. Chinen is going to get much support for changing the Mens sport back to Rainbow Warriors by this July, or if ever. Ben Jay is doing to the right thing by naming all mens sports Warriors and keeping all Women sports nickname of Rainbow Wahine. The minority of supporters that still like the Rainbow or Go Bows can still wear Rainbow apparel and shout "Lets Go Bows" at games and events. Because nobody's going to stop you or mind of you do.

    The naming all mens sports Warriors is not going to effect apparel sales so dramatically that it's going to cause the demise of UH apparel or the rainbowtique. It just might send a clear message to all the media and fans across the nation that the Hawaii mens sports are not 3 different names like it is now but the Hawaii Warriors is the nickname for the UH mens sports programs and the Hawaii women sports have there own nickname, just like every other women's program from high school, college, pro or whatever. And it will most likely help sales Statewide and Nationwide because of that clear message of different nicknames between the University Hawaii men's and women's sports.

    If you really think about it? It's a good compromise and a win-win for both sides of the debate!


  75. Inyoface:

    I've bought much more hats and apparel ever since UH changed their logo and name. That H doesn't only represent the school, it now represents the state.


  76. Haleakala:

    I already gave my 2 cents about the name debate.

    Enuf already, I'm tired of it.

    Aloha, softball seniors.


  77. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Aloha Softball Seniors!


  78. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    It is wut it is, it will be wut it will be.

    GO WARRIORS!!!


  79. MU:

    Aloha, softball seniors.


  80. Stiguy808:

    Aloha, softball seniors.


  81. Stiguy808:

    Aloha, softball seniors!


  82. gobows:

    Aloha, Softball Seniors!


  83. Warrior Dave:

    Aloha Softball Seniors!!! You will always be remembered and <3!!!


  84. tommui:

    I forgot, but wasn't Stephanie pitcher of record when we played Alabama in 2010 when Jenna hit that homerun that took us to the Oklahoma City?

    ALOHA SOFTBALL SENIORS!Aloha, softball seniors


  85. Jordanwynn fan:

    Aloha, softball seniors


  86. Huh?:

    Aloha softball seniors...since we talking softball...Congratulations to Nanakuli for winning the Division II State Softball Championship. Simply Awesome!!! A first for the school and OIA.


  87. RedZone:

    I agree with tom. You hire the guy to change things up. Let him do his job.

    Thank you seniors for choosing to play for the University of Hawaii. You will always be remembered.

    Go na Wahine. Beat da Gauchos.


  88. Tommy:

    You just wait ST. Today it was the nickname. Next is the mascot and then a change in the logo. All for the reasons of "marketing" and "branding"


  89. d1shima:

    mo808,

    Please check FB or get a hold of me ASAP.


  90. gobows:

    the UH has a mascot?


  91. Glenn:

    Aloha, softball seniors.


  92. jm2375 (iPad):

    Congrats to the Bows on their road win today, thereby clinching the series!

    UCI up 2-0 on BYU in NCAA mvb final. Close games so far.


  93. d1shima:

    WTG BaseBows!


  94. Colt Fan:

    Aloha, softball seniors!

    Go Warriors!


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  96. d1shima:

    Aloha, softball seniors.


  97. mo808:

    Good Afternoon Folks!

    Thank you d1! Sorry, I did not see your message sooner--I was busy today cleaning, cooking, washing clothes, etc. etc.--all that fun stuff!

    Aloha, Softball Seniors!

    Have a great evening Tsaikos & Tsaikettes!


  98. oldtimer808:

    What an offensive softball game with Hawaii winning 11 to 9. I agree with everyone who say enough with the name change talk. I support Ben Jay since this should have been done long ago so don't take it out on BJ. I used to watch UH football playing Redlands, Humbolt State etc well you get the picture. Yes Division II teams back in the day but now this is a different era and changes happen. I support the University of Hawaii not the nickname and the student/athletes that represent our university and state. I think people have their priorities in the wrong place.


  99. masa:

    Aloha Softball Seniors!!! Thank you for all the years of greatness your brought to UH!!!! You will be missed.


  100. kdub808:

    Aloha, softball seniors


  101. J.V. Sr.:

    Thank you Stephen, very well said.

    Aloha softball seniors!


  102. tommui:

    Oldtimer808 re: 98

    Fullerton, Redlands, Humbolt, Long Beach - Vasconcellos, Kodros, Asato - good old days!

    Why didn't we agitate for the return to the name Fighting Deans?
    But we continued to support UH no matter what.


  103. whitey:

    Aloha softball seniors!


  104. whitey:

    3 prong, sorry about the other night, but fell asleep. You one lucky guy, going fishing. whoopeeeeeee.


  105. WarriorMojo:

    Iolani - St. Louis 1-1, top of the 10th.


  106. d1shima:

    Btm 11th


  107. wafan:

    Bravo BaseBows!

    Whoo-hoo!!!


  108. wafan:

    Beautiful, SoftBows!

    'Attaway to be the titas!!!

    Or Amazons.


  109. d1shima:

    12th


  110. d1shima:

    Who wants it?!?!


  111. d1shima:

    Posted on scoring live.com: Iolani throws out the winning run at the plate. Wow!


  112. WarriorMojo:

    St. Louis did that to Iolani the inning before. Awesome game!


  113. d1shima:

    Thanks WMojo


  114. d1shima:

    I remember when they were Red Raiders


  115. d1shima:

    ...maybe the girls changed that after they got in. ;-)


  116. d1shima:

    WTG SoftBows!


  117. WarriorMojo:

    Top 13th. Crusaders had the bases loaded. Teams are leaving it all out there.


  118. lava:

    In the spirit of ST's post, there are two truths:

    The older I get, the less I know.

    The older I get, the less I want people telling me how to think.

    In his eagerness to make his mark, Jay has made some glaring mistakes.

    If Hugh Yoshida made some mistakes, I don't remember what they were. Hugh is looking pretty good right now.


  119. WarriorMojo:

    You forgot the guys inbetween Hugh and Ben?


  120. d1shima:

    WMojo,

    Iolani is the home team? sLive has it the other way


  121. WarriorMojo:

    Iolani is the visitor based on the Iolani twitter feed.


  122. WarriorMojo:

    'Iolani Raiders ‏@Iolani_Raiders

    BASEBALL: Saint Louis 1, 'Iolani 1 -- top 13th of ILH playoff for @HHSAAsports berth. Donahue at second. Matsuura up with one down.


  123. WarriorMojo:

    'Iolani Raiders ‏@Iolani_Raiders 4s

    BASEBALL: 'Iolani 2, Saint Louis 1 -- top 13th of ILH playoff for @HHSAAsports berth. Inouye drives in Donahue with two out. Still two on.


  124. WarriorMojo:

    'Iolani Raiders ‏@Iolani_Raiders 25s

    BASEBALL: 'Iolani 2, Saint Louis 1 -- bottom 13th of ILH playoff for @HHSAAsports berth. Crusaders coming to the plate.


  125. WarriorMojo:

    Kelly Majam is pure class.


  126. d1shima:

    3 Iolani's on 3.

    Congratulations Raiders.


  127. WarriorMojo:

    Iolani 2-1, final. Wotta game!


  128. Gambit808:

    Aloha, softball seniors.


  129. NorthShoreFan:

    Aloha to the Fantastic Five of Na Koa Wahine!

    Thank you to all of you who have provided me with countless hours of pleasure watching you play the game you love.
    Next season will be strange not seeing you all in the field but you have rewritten the UH Softball record books

    Today we got a look see of the future. Some might have just taken the first step to becoming leaders of next years team.
    Loie was poised, focused and fearless. Jazz..what can you say..off the charts today. Kayla will be the heart of the team next year.
    Along with the great group of recruits next year...It'll be another fantastic year!
    Mahalo Na Koa Wahines!


  130. jm2375 (iPad):

    Congrats to Na Wahine on their Senior Day sweep!


  131. ai-eee-soos:

    posting here, before it's walled off ...

    UH softball team sweeps UC Santa Barbara on senior day
    By Star-Advertiser staff
    POSTED: 04:42 p.m. HST, May 04, 2013
    LAST UPDATED: 06:23 p.m. HST, May 04, 2013

    The University of Hawaii softball team hit nine home runs in a senior day sweep of UC Santa Barbara in today's Big West doubleheader.

    The Rainbow Wahine launched five homers in an 11-9 victory in the first game and hammered four more in an 8-0 win in their final home game of the season.

    UH senior Jessica Iwata homered in both games, ending the day with a blast to center field in her final at-bat at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

    UH pitcher Kaia Parnaby gave up nine runs on 15 hits and finished with two strikeouts while earning a complete-game win in the opener. She improved to 35-5 and tied the Big West single-season wins record.

    Freshman Loie Kesteron held UCSB to four hits and earned a complete-game win in the finale.

    The Rainbow Wahine improved to 40-11 overall and 17-4 in Big West play to remain atop the conference standings. They close the regular season with a series at Pacific next week.

    UCSB pulled out a 4-1 in nine innings in Friday's series opener and the Wahine and Gauchos (29-23, 10-11) combined for 12 runs and four homers in the first three innings of today's first game.

    Keilani Jennings delivered the first blow for UCSB with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning and the Gauchos took a 3-0 lead.

    UH answered in the second with Sharla Kliebenstein tying the game with a three-run homer and Kelly Majam giving the Wahine a 4-3 lead with a solo homer to center.

    The Gauchos rallied for three runs in the third, two scoring after Jennings got caught in a rundown between third and home. As she ran back toward third, Jennings dodged an attempted tag by Parnaby and the throw to the plate hit her in the back. Kathryn Pilpil followed Jennings to the plate as UH chased down the loose ball and slid under the tag to give the Gauchos a 6-4 lead.

    The lead lasted only moments as Leisha Li'ili'i led off the third with a looping single and Jazmine Zamora, who went 4-for-4, lined the next pitch out to left-center for a tying home run.

    Kayla Wartner gave UH a 7-6 lead with a home run to center field on the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth inning.

    Majam and Wartner combined to drive in three runs with back-to-back doubles with two out in the fifth that stretched the lead to 10-6.

    UCSB closed to within a run in the sixth when Jennings hit her second homer of the game, a three-run shot to right-center. But Parnaby held the Gauchos down in the seventh to close out the win.

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