Wednesday, May 8, 2002
[ RAINBOW BASEBALL ]
The Hawaii Rainbows will take the field at Murakami Stadium tomorrow night and try to win the first of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series against Louisiana Tech.
Bows can pass
Bulldogs into fifth
By Al Chase
This is the first time the Bulldogs have traveled to Hawaii to play baseball. They won two of the three games when the 'Bows made their first visit to Louisiana last month.
"We just go out and try to win the next game and not worry about where it stacks up in the scheme of things. We've been in that mode for a few weeks," said UH coach Mike Trapasso. "If we do that, then we go out and try to win the next game."
This is the final homestand of the season, the last time the nine seniors on the active roster have the opportunity to don the Rainbow uniform and perform for the home crowd. They will be playing to go out winners.
The last time the 'Bows returned from the mainland they brought a five-game losing streak with them and ended it in the series opener against Fresno State. The losing streak is the same this time as Trapasso sends right-hander Chris George to the mound looking for the same result.
George has all four of the Rainbows' conference victories.
The remainder of the starting rotation is the same with right-hander Sean Yamashita starting Friday and right-hander Ricky Bauer getting the ball Saturday. Both lost one-run decisions in the series at Louisiana Tech.
Greg Cook, who played two games in center field at San Jose State, probably will stay there for the rest of the season. This means Danny Mocny has the job at third base.
Whether Chad Boudon, who started all three games at San Jose State in left field, stays there may depend on how much Derek Honma bounces back after being sidelined for two weeks.
Right field is another question mark, where Tim Montgomery and Kevin Gilbride have experienced some defensive problems of late.
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