Battling through adversity: Rainbow Warriors look to push through injuries against Cal Poly

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Rainbow Warrior baseball team is looking to rebound against Cal Poly after a disappointing series this past weekend CSUN, where the 'Bows dropped two out of three games against the Matadors.

Hawaii (21-17, 8-7 BWC) is hosting Cal Poly (19-24, 6-6 BWC) in a three-game Big West home series, and every game matters for the Warriors at this point of the season.

Making things a little more difficult for the 'Bows, however, will be the absence of starting pitchers Dominic DeMiero and Neil Uskali as well as reliever Logan Pouelsen.

"It is what it is," said head coach Mike Trapasso. "And you go through this from time to time and you have injuries. It's a rarity, obviously, that they come in bunches but that's what down staff guys are looking for - opportunities. And when they get that opportunity, just make the most of it. That's why we recruit, that's why we don't have three pitchers on the staff. So the guys who pitch have to do well, no matter who they are and no matter what role they're now thrust into."

One certainty for the 'Bows will be junior right-hander Jackson Rees on the mound Friday night. Rees leads all starters and ranks seventh in the Big West with a 2.84 ERA. He's also leads Hawaii with 47 strikeouts in 57 innings.

First pitch of Game 1 is set for 6:35 p.m. HT at Les Murakami Stadium tomorrow night.

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