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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 1:42 p.m., Sunday, May 20, 2007

UH softball advances to Super Regional, faces Vols

Advertiser Staff

The University of Hawaii women's softball team is going to where no Rainbow Wahine team has gone before -- to the NCAA Super Regional.

Kate Robinson had three hits and drove in four runs, Tyleen Tausaga added three hits and scored three runs and Justine Semthurst pitched a four-hitter as UH crushed Loyola Marymount, 9-0, today to win the UCLA Regional in Los Angeles.

The game ended because of an eight-run mercy rule after the sixth inning. UH pounded out 16 hits in beating LMU, which eliminated host UCLA yesterday.

UH will advance to the Super Regional in Knoxville, Tenn., and face No. 1-ranked Tennessee, which has two Hawaii players. Tennessee advanced by beating Winthrop, 7-0, today.

Campbell High alum Anita Manuma, a freshman right fielder, is the younger sister of UH's Valana Manuma, who had two hits and drove in two runs for UH today. Kamehameha alum Liane Horiuchi is a sophomore shortstop for Tennessee.

The Super Regional will be a best-of-three and will start Friday.

In today's game, Kaulana Gould had two hits and scored two runs and Clare Warwick added two hits and a run scored.

Smethurst struck out six in going the six-inning distance.

UH won all three games in the UCLA Regional.

But today, the Rainbow Wahine played fewer innings than extra innings.

In Friday's victory, UH needed 10 innings to beat UC Santa Barbara, 2-0. Yesterday, UH beat host UCLA, 3-1, in eight innings.