HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii baseball team is set to return to Les Murakami Stadium this week in a four-game series against in-town rival Hawaii Pacific.
A unique opportunity for the ‘Bows to get as many games in as possible before they open Big West Conference play, according to head coach Mike Trapasso.
“I think it’s huge, just for all of us, just for our players, you know take the coaches out of it.” Coach Tapasso told reporters. “I’m just so thankful to coach Dallas and coach Cal over at UH Hilo for being open to coming and playing, otherwise we’d all be practicing again and scrimmaging these next couple of weeks until we open conference play.”
The ‘Bows are coming off of a 1-2 season-opening series loss to Division I powerhouse Arizona State, an uncharacteristic showing for UH, who knows they can play better baseball — their brand of baseball.
“I came away and i think our players did too because they’re a mature group that understands, that have played in these kind of arenas before, we were disappointed in how we played Saturday, we just didn’t play our brand.” Coach Trapasso said. “So we know were better than that, so while were really disappointed in our showing this weekend, were really encouraged because again it was on the road against a ranked team and yet we were still right there in the eighth inning, you know seventh and eighth inning of all three games tied.”
Despite falling short in the desert, the ‘Bows know what to do for a winning equation.
“So the equation is pretty simple, when we play clean our brand of baseball, we can beat anyone when we play that way.” Coach Trapasso said. “When we don’t play that way, we can lose to anyone, so if we play the way we did on Saturday these next couple of weeks are going to be dog fights, but if we don’t were going to have a chance to win those games, so i’m looking forward to just getting back out on the practice field these next couple of days and going to work.”
Game one in a four-game series with the HPU Sharks is set for Thursday at 6:35 p.m. Hawaii time — due to COVID-9 restrictions no fans are allowed at Les Murakami Stadium, the game will be televised on Spectrum Sports.