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Saturday, October 23, 1999


R A I N B O W _ B A S E B A L L



UH


’Bows won’t have it
easy in 2000

2000 Rainbow schedule

By Al Chase
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

Four NCAA regional teams and NAIA national champion Lewis-Clark State highlight the 2000 Hawaii baseball schedule.

The Rainbows open the season against Florida (35-21). The Gators missed the Southeastern Conference playoffs for only the second time in 23 years when they were swept by Alabama in the final regular-season series.|

Collegiate Baseball magazine ranked Florida's recruiting class this year No. 2 behind Southern Cal.

Hawaii begins Western Athletic Conference competition at home for the first time since 1996.

The opponent is three-time defending WAC champion Rice. The Owls (59-15) finished the 1999 season at the College World Series and Wayne Graham was named National Coach of the Year.

Joining UH and Lewis-Clark State in the four-team, double round-robin Rainbow Easter Tournament are Winthrop and Pepperdine.

Winthrop captured the Hawaiian Tropic Big South Conference tournament after finishing second in league play. The Eagles (40-23) received an NCAA regional berth.

Pepperdine (46-16) won the Coast Division of the West Coast Conference but lost the best-of-three conference series to Loyola Marymount. However, the Waves received a regional bid and advanced to the title game, a 12-7 loss to Southern Cal.

UCLA (31-31) also received a regional berth after finishing fourth in the Pac-10 race. This is the seventh consecutive year UCLA head coach Gary Adams has brought the Bruins here.

The other nonconference series pit the Rainbows against San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Cal State Sacramento.

There will be no WAC tournament this year. With just six teams and very little revenue production from the last two tournaments, the athletic directors decided the double-round league format would suffice for determining a champion and recipient of the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.


2000 Rainbow schedule

Jan. 15: Alumni (2), 3 p.m.

Jan. 20: Florida, 6:35 p.m. 21: Florida, 6:35 p.m. 22: Florida, 6:35 p.m.

Jan. 27: San Diego, 6:35 p.m. 28: San Diego, 6:35 p.m. 29: San Diego, 3:05 p.m.

Feb. 3: UCLA, 6:35 p.m. 4: UCLA, 6:35 p.m. 5: UCLA, 3:05 p.m.

Feb. 11: San Francisco, 6:35 p.m. 12: San Francisco, 6:35 p.m. 13: San Francisco, 3:05 p.m.

Feb. 18: Santa Clara, 6:35 p.m. 19: Santa Clara, 3:05 p.m. 20: Santa Clara, 3:05 p.m.

Feb. 25: Cal State Sacramento, 6:35 p.m. 26: Cal State Sacramento, 6:35 p.m. 27: Cal State Sacramento, 3:05 p.m.

March 4: Rice, 12:05 p.m. 5: Rice, 3:05 p.m. 6: Rice, 6:35 p.m.

March 10: Texas Christian, 6:35 p.m. 11: Texas Christian, 6:35 p.m. 12: Texas Christian, 3:05 p.m.

March 15: at Cal State Sacramento.

March 17: at Fresno State. 18: at Fresno State. 19: at Fresno State.

March 24: San Jose State, 6:35 p.m. 25: San Jose State, 3:05 p.m. 26: San Jose State, 3:05 p.m.

Rainbow Easter Tournament

March 27: Winthrop vs. Pepperdine, 2:30 p.m.; Lewis-Clark State vs. Hawaii, 6:37 p.m.

March 28: Pepperdine vs. Lewis-Clark State, 2:30 p.m.; Winthrop vs. Hawaii, 6:37 p.m.

March 29: Lewis-Clark State vs. Winthrop, 2:30 p.m.; Pepperdine vs. Hawaii, 6:37 p.m.

March 30: Winthrop vs. Pepperdine, 2:30 p.m.; Lewis-Clark State vs. Hawaii, 6:37 p.m.

March 31: Pepperdine vs. Lewis-Clark State, 2:30 p.m.; Winthrop vs. Hawaii, 6:37 p.m.

April 1: Lewis-Clark State vs. Winthrop, 2:30 p.m.; Pepperdine vs. Hawaii, 6:37 p.m.

April 2: Third place, 4th seed vs. 3rd seed, 11 a.m.; Championship, 2nd seed vs. 1st seed, 3:07 p.m.

Note: 'Bows play at 3:07 p.m. no matter where they are seeded.


April 7: at San Jose State. 8: at San Jose State. 9: at San Jose State.

April 15: Fresno State, 12:05 p.m. 16: Fresno State, 3:05 p.m. 17: Fresno State, 6:35 p.m.

April 22: at Rice. 23: at Rice. 24: at Rice.

April 27: at Texas Christian. 28: at Texas Christian. 29: at Texas Christian.

May 5: at Hawaii-Hilo, 6 p.m. (Wong Stadium). 6: at Hawaii-Hilo, 6 p.m. (Wong Stadium). 7: at Hawaii-Hilo, 1 p.m. (Simmons Field, Kona).

May 12: Hawaii-Hilo, 6:35 p.m. 13: Hawaii-Hilo, 6:35 p.m. 14: Hawaii-Hilo, 6:35 p.m.

May 28-30: NCAA Regionals.

June 4-5: NCAA Super Regionals.

June 11-19: College World Series.

Home games at Rainbow Stadium.



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