Saturday, April 10, 2010

Majam hits it in the parking lot

After her previous 21 home runs, Kelly Majam made a point to maintain her game face as she crossed the plate.

When No. 22 flew out of the park yesterday, the Hawaii freshman allowed herself to enjoy it a little bit more.

"I definitely was smiling and pretty happy about it," Majam said after breaking the Rainbow Wahine softball program's single-season home run record.

Majam, the nation's home run leader, helped ignite No. 25 Hawaii's 15-1 five-inning rout of Boise State at Mountain Cove Field in Idaho by passing the mark set by Kate Robinson in 2008.

Majam said she turned on a pitch high and inside and pulled it down the right-field line for three-run shot to move within one homer of the Western Athletic Conference record set by Fresno State's Christina Clark in 2004.

"It hit a car in the parking lot," UH head coach Bob Coolen said. "The first fence is 220 feet, the second is 230. It hit a car in the second row of parking, so it was a good 240, 250 feet easy."


[5/15/10] Hawaii's season of outrageous offense turned surreal yesterday.

The 21st-ranked Rainbow Wahine broke the NCAA record for home runs in a season during a 14-run third inning in their 16-1 win over rival Fresno State and moved within a win of the program's first Western Athletic Conference softball tournament title.

Hawaii sent 20 batters to the plate in the third and scored seven runs before the first out was recorded in Las Cruces, N.M. By the time Fresno State finally got out of the interminable half inning, the Wahine produced 13 hits in a series of line drives and bloopers and two blasts.

"In the dugout, it was just really loud," UH shortstop Jessica Iwata said. "Everyone was upbeat and excited. Some of us came around (to hit) three times, it was crazy."

Hawaii tied the previous single-season home run record of 134, set by Arizona last year, in Thursday's 16-8 win over San Jose State. Iwata gave Hawaii sole possession of the mark with No. 135, a three-run homer to left field in the third. Fellow freshman Kelly Majam added a grand slam later in the inning.

"It felt great. We were looking forward to breaking that record for a while," Iwata said.


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