Rain and snow wipe out Rainbows’ baseball game
Hawaii's game at Nevada likely won't be rescheduled
The weather made another direct hit on the Hawaii Rainbow baseball team yesterday.
A combination of rain and snow at the Nevada Wolf Pack's Peccole Park in Reno forced the cancellation of the final game in the three-game Western Athletic Conference series.
This is the seventh time this year the Rainbows have had a game canceled or rescheduled because of weather conditions.
"I'm looking outside right now and it is an absolute blizzard," said Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso from his hotel room 1 hour after the game's scheduled start (1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time).
"We're waiting for our bus to take us to Sacramento, but the road (over Donner Pass) is closed. We're anticipating a long night. We may get to Sacramento just in time for our 8 a.m. flight."
Trapasso said he will make an effort to schedule another game against someone, but that the probability of that happening is almost zero.
Hawaii (27-11, 5-5) has a nonconference game at Grambling State on its next road trip to Louisiana Tech. The 'Bows and Bulldogs will be playing five consecutive days since they are making up their rained-out game of March 19 at Les Murakami Stadium.
The 'Bows also have a nonconference game at San Francisco before the final regular-season series at San Jose State.
Trapasso pointed to the two-out, five-run rally in the ninth inning of Saturday's win as the biggest positive in the two victories over the Wolf Pack.
"That ninth inning, that can turn a team around that isn't doing well. But, when you are doing OK, it can be a catalyst for the stretch run and that is what we are hoping for," Trapasso said
"We showed our character again by coming from behind. That can be a springboard for the last 15 games."
The Rainbows' pitching staff did a good job against the Wolf Pack, holding them to eight runs in the two victories, below Nevada's season average of 5.5 runs per game.
The UH offense was led by Justin Frash (5-for-8 with five RBIs), Robbie Wilder (4-for-7, 2 RBIs), Luis Avila (4-for-9, 5 RBIs), Eli Christensen (2-for-5, 3 RBIs) and Joe Spiers (3-for-10, 3 RBIs).
The Rainbows have six more games at home, starting with a three-game series against New Mexico State this Friday.
The Aggies (14-26, 1-8) won two of three games against North Florida over the weekend.