HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii baseball team is back in Manoa this weekend to host Big West favorite UC Santa Barbara, after a tough four-game series loss to UC Irvine.
The ‘Bows got swept by the Anteaters in California last weekend, culminating in a 5-game losing streak, head coach Mike Trapasso knows that the string of losses do not define his squad.
“Everything is fixable always, we just didn’t play well and it starts with pitching and defense as always, it always starts with the guy on the mound, we didn’t walk people but you can just see how poor our command was in two of the games.” Coach Trapasso told reporters. “The two games that got away from us, got away from us right away with poor pitching as far as not walking guys, but just having poor command and everything was up in the zone we were struggling mightily with the second pitches being strikes and so we were in a lot of bad counts for the pitchers and advantage counts for the hitters.”
Before the losing streak, Hawaii was on a 10-game winning streak whiched earned a No. 30 ranking in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
With Santa Barbara coming to town, coach Trapasso thinks that this series is a great opportunity for the ‘Bows to get back on track.
“I can’t think of a better opportunity for our guys and to play the best team in the league this weekend.” Coach Trapasso said. “Just get things back on track from a pitching and defensive standpoint.”
Game one is set for Friday at 3:00 p.m. Hawaii time at Les Murakami Stadium.