HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fresh off the heels of a three-game sweep of Chaminade, the Rainbow Wahine are gearing up to host No. 8 Washington this weekend in a three-game series at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
The three games against the Silverswords were the Lady ‘Bows only real games of the season, while UW has already played 15 games this year, something junior Brittnee Rossi says doesn’t affect their excitement for the series.
“A lot of us weren’t really thinking that UW has had multiple games already under their belt because we just want to go out there, we don’t have anything to lose, like why not ball out?” Rossi told reporters. “We’re all coming off of a COVID-year, so we just want to ball out I guess you could say.”
The Huskies are one of the premier programs in college softball, but Hawaii looks to put the “H” back on the map with a big performance over the weekend.
“We’re so excited to be playing them, it’s going to be our first Power-five in a while and our only one this season, so we definitely want to give them a run for their money.” Rossi said. “Essentially, get our name back as UH softball here.”
As exciting as it is to be back on the field, it feels a bit empty — literally — with UH’s health guidelines, no fans are allowed in the stands, something that is missed by the ‘Bows, but doesn’t deter from their “juice”.
“We’ve kind of always had that fire and that excitement in the dugout with or without fans, but this year definitely fans are a big part of sporting events, so it’s definitely different parents of fans (in the stands).” Rossi said. “It’s a little bit different, but I don’t think it changed our mindset on how we need to be in the dugout and the energy that we have to bring to the table in order to be successful.”
Coming off the series against CUH, head coach Bob Coolen was able to find his starting pitchers and a solid lineup, however the weekend was not without critiques.
“After those games I really put it to the task, this is what we did and this is what we didn’t do .” Coach Coolen said. “I really get excited about it because i’m passionate about it, I want everyone to show their best foot, I want to do things out of the box, I want them to understand that were going to do things out of the box and it’s not just going to be the status quo, wait for the 3-0 pitch and walk, were going to be aggressive.”
Game one of a three game series is set for Thursday — first pitch from Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium is set for 6:00 p.m. Hawaii time.