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Home run record within reach

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By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii softball team has a chance to set a new NCAA single season home run record when it competes in the Western Athletic Conference tournament in New Mexico next week.

The Wahine have hit 128 home runs so far this season.  The NCAA record, held by Arizona, is 134.

Coach Bob Coolen says he is aware of the record breaking possibility, but he does not keep track of the numbers as closely as his players do.

"I always hear them behind me when I'm on third base coaching and you know they are behind me talking.  'Oh, we need this many more.'  And that's the only time I'll grab a clue as to where we are in that national hunt," Coolen told Hawaii News Now.

"We going into a good place (for hitting home runs), and if it's in the 90's and dry and the wind is blowing a little bit, it's going to be a place ... it's a small ball park ... 190 (feet) down each line ... 220 in straight away center.  So it could happen at the WAC tournament."

As the tournament's top seed Hawaii will get a first round bye.  The Wahine will not know who their possible opponents will be until other WAC teams complete their regular season games this weekend.

 

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