By Brooks Baehr - bio | email
OKLAHOMA CITY (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the first time in school history the Wahine softball team will get a taste of the College World Series. The Bows face off with 9th seeded Missouri Thursday morning.
The Wahine got in to the stadium to practice Wednesday and then they met the media.
"This is our first time here, we are really excited, we want to thank everyone for the process along the way. We have been on the road 23 days, this is our 23rd day right now and we're loving every moment of it" said Hawaii coach Bob Coolen.
Reporters covering the World Series are more interested in UH than any other team. Everyone wants to ask about Hawaii's power. A record 154 home runs and counting, and people are fascinated by how this previously unheralded Hawaii team upset #1 ranked Alabama at Alabama.
"Just walking into the stadium and seeing how many people are going to fill up the stands. Getting this much media attention, it definitely is really awesome and really cool but we need to stay focused. We do have softball games that we are going to have to play and hopefully we get to win" said Wahine center fielder Kelly Majam.
Hawaii opens play Thursday against Missouri. And while the Wahine are making their first trip to the College World Series, the Tigers have been here five times, including last year. Their coach says that experience should give them an advantage.
"I go back to our experience last year. It was tumultuous. We just couldn't get our feet under us, and before we knew it we were on our way back home. And no matter how much you prepare for that, you can't duplicate that experience unless you've been here" said Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine.
A Missouri player took a line drive off her chin Wednesday and unfortunately may have broken her jaw. She wasn't expected to play, so her injury should not be a factor in Thursday's game. Hawaii is healthy and eager to get onto the field.
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