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Alabama, Hawaii Down Cougars

Kalei Kaneshiro
Kalei Kaneshiro

HONOLULU – SIUE softball has one game left in its trip to Hawaii after dropping a pair of games Thursday against No. 4 Alabama and host Hawaii.

The Cougars fell to 8-10 overall after an 8-3 loss to Alabama (now 26-0) and a 5-0 defeat against Hawaii. SIUE closes out the Rainbow Wahine Classic Friday with a 6 p.m. contest against Niagara.

"We have to focus ourselves for tomorrow," said SIUE Interim Head Coach Jessica Jones.

SIUE hung tough with the Tide in game one of the day, tying the game 2-2 in the fourth inning when Reagan Curtis walked to open the inning. Kalie Kaneshiro pushed her to third on a double. Curtis scored on an infield out by Bailley Concatto. Kaneshiro would score one out later on an Alabama infield error.

Alabama managed eight hits against SIUE starter Emily Ingles, 5-4. RBI hits by KB Sides and Merris Schroder in the fifth put Alabama ahead for good in the fifth.

SIUE did push back with Curtis hitting her fourth home run of the season, a blast to left-center off Alabama's Courtney Gettins. The Tide would add four insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

In game two, SIUE's offense managed three hits against Hawaii. The Cougars, however, left baserunners on in five of the seven innings.

"We're going to have to continue to work on run production and moving runners up early in an inning," said Jones.

Curtis, Concatto and pinch hitter Micah Arps collected hits for the Cougars. Corrina Rivas took the loss and is now 3-5.

Brittany Hitchcock improved to 7-4 for Hawaii.

Hawaii scored all it needed in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Callee Heen. Hawaii improved to 18-7 overall.

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