HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - When it comes to Big West Conference softball, records go out the window - the real season starts now.
"We don't posture for a tournament, we posture to win the league," said head coach Bob Coolen. "And if you don't win the conference, you're not going anywhere unless you're 40 wins-plus and have beaten Top 25 teams."
The Rainbow Wahine softball team (16-13, 0-0 Big West) hits the road this week to open conference play against No. 18 Long Beach State (26-7, 0-0 BWC) in a three-game series, starting on Friday.
Sophomore catcher/designated player Callee Heen leads the Wahine with a .405 batting average (34-for-84) and a slugging percentage of .833. She is also first on the team with 18 runs scored, 34 hits, 10 home runs (ranked second in the BWC), 10 walks and 27 RBIs.
The last time Hawaii took the field was over a week ago in a stunning 7-6 defeat to Maryland, a game in which Hawaii led by as many as five runs at one point.
But having this past week off was a good way for the 'Bows to rally together and concentrate on the task ahead: Winning a conference title.
"Hopefully with a little rejuvenation and a little time off, spring break and everything, hopefully we'll be able to go on the road a lot more rejuvenated and eager to play because the Big West doesn't have a tournament so every game counts," Bob Coolen said.
Game 1 of the three-game series against LBSU begins Friday in Long Beach. First pitch is set for 10 a.m., HT.