Rebecca Lee kept up her torrid start at the Desert Stinger in Las Vegas.
Lee, a senior shortstop, homered for the third time in four games at the tournament and the Vulcans outslugged Fort Lewis 14-6, giving them wins in both games thay played Saturday.
Lee, the Pacific West Conference Player of the Year, was 2 for 4 with four RBIs, Emily Greene was 4 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBIs and Colleen Aubrey finished 4 for 4 with four RBIs.
In an 8-2 victory against Minot State, Lee finished 2 for 2 with two doubles and two RBIs for UHH (4-4), which has won three of four at the tournament. Melanie Morelos drove in three runs for the Vulcans, who received a strong performance from pitcher Ashley Nelson. The junior struck out five in a complete game, allowing five hits, two runs and two walks.
Lee enjoyed an even bigger day Friday as the Vulcans split two games on the opening day of the tournament.
Lee and Brandi Wilson homered as the Vulcans beat New Mexico Highlands 14-4 in a TKO. Lee and Tianalia Fa’asua each collected three hits and three RBIs, and Brittany Huff was 2 for 3 and drove in three runs for UHH.
Hannah Peterson (2-1) struck out five and and allowed 11 hits in the five-inning complete game victory. She yielded two home runs to Highlands (2-3).
Earlier, Lee drove in six runs with a homer and three more hits in a 12-11 loss to West Region powerhouse Humboldt State University (5-0), which rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Emily Greene also went deep for the Vulcans, but all four of the pitchers used by coach Jaime Wallin were ineffective.
Danielle Wilson (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.
“Clearly the offense was there,” Wallin said. “Whenever you can put double-digit runs together, you should be in good shape.
“Humboldt is a tough team on offense and they took advantage of mistakes in pitching and defense.”
The 32-team event is the nation’s largest NCAA Division II softball tournament hosted by one school.
At Las Vegas
Hawaii Hilo 520 151 — 14 15 3
Fort Lewis 012 300 — 6 7 4
Minot State 100 100 0 — 2 5 2
UHH 100 421 x —8 8 2
UHH 104 113 1 — 11 10 1
Humboldt St. 102 221 4 — 12 18 5
UHH 123 62 — 14 14 1
N.M. High. 000 04 — 4 11 1