Rivalry lives on: Warriors hit the road to take on Fresno State

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Even though the Rainbow Warrior baseball team is no longer a part of the WAC, the team's long standing rivalry with Fresno State continues to live on.

Hawaii (23-19) will hit the road for its final non-conference showdown of the season against Fresno State (27-21) in a three-game series at Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium starting this Friday.

"It's just about going out and playing baseball, playing well," said head coach Mike Trapasso. "Once they get there and they see the crowd and the way that the crowd is, they'll pick up on (the rivalry) pretty quick."

The Warriors, currently tied in fourth place in the Big West, will look to snap three straight series this weekend led by catcher Kekai Rios. Hitting .331 from the plate, Rios has collected a base in 21 of hist last 24 games, including a 17-game hit streak.

Despite the uptick in offense over the last two games, the Warriors aren't without their problems particularly on the injury report.

Missing two starters from the rotation, Hawaii's bullpen will be happy to see the Jackson Rees on the mound Friday while the statuses of Neil Uskali (6-2, 4.12 ERA) and Dominic DeMiero (2-4, 5.24 ERA) remain in the balance.

The Warriors and Bulldogs will meet for the 133rd time in program history this weekend, with Fresno State leading the series 80-52.

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