The game plan is simple for the Rainbow Warrior baseball team: Play your game, and the results will come. Going up against a talented Seton Hall team this weekend at Les Murakami Stadium, the ‘Bows understand what it takes to take down top teams on their home soil.
“We keep telling each other we’re gonna come into this weekend like any other weekend. We won’t take them lightly,” said catcher/infielder Chayce Ka’aua. “Obviously, they’ve beaten some really big schools when you look at their schedule. So yeah we’re gonna come in and take it one day at a time. Just do what we do.”
What the Warriors (12-6) -- and Ka’aua -- have done well this season is hitting the ball, as evidenced by Hawaii’s four-game sweep over Illinois State last weekend. But in order to beat Seton Hall (7-9-1) head coach Mike Trapasso needs this level of play from his players to continue.
“It’s about keeping our level of play as good as you possibly can and trying to get better in areas where we need to get better in,” Trapasso said. “(We need) to play consistent against a good team that’s played a very good schedule and get us ready for conference play in a couple weeks.”
Seton Hall’s losing record isn’t indicative to how the team has played as of late, however, and that’s not lost on Trapasso.
“These guys have played a good schedule - they’ve played them all on the road,” he said. “And they’re not going to be intimidated by anything; they’re very good. They’ve beaten a good NC State team and they beat a good Oklahoma State team and not that I’m biased or anything, but I’m just saying going into Stillwater and beating the cowboys, that’s a good club. We got our work cut out for us.”
On the other hand, Hawaii is off to its best 18-game start since the 2012 season and holds the top record in the Big West. Game 1 of the four-game series takes place tomorrow night at Les Murakami Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. HT.
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