Weather forces Rainbows to play 2
Hawaii and Fresno State play a doubleheader today after last night's game at Beiden Field in Fresno was rained out.
"The field conditions were definitely something that could affect the game," UH coach Mike Trapasso said.
"We probably could have played, but Mike (Fresno State coach Batesole) didn't want to run the risk of the game being decided by something like an outfielder falling down, and I concur," he added.
UH (25-13 overall) and FSU (21-19) are tied for second in the Western Athletic Conference at 6-4, a game behind Louisiana Tech. Louisiana Tech's game yesterday against Sacramento State was also rained out.
The day off means rest for UH's top relievers Matt Daly and Tyler Davis, who both pitched in the Rainbows' 9-8 series-opening victory Friday.
Daly threw to 10 batters and Davis to seven. Both are available to pitch today, but Trapasso said he doesn't see the rainout as a break for his team.
"Tyler could've gone (yesterday)," he said. "I don't think you can read anything into it other than we have to go out and fight for 18 innings (today) instead of nine."
Josh Schneider (3-2, 2.37) and Ian Harrington (5-5, 4.15) start for Hawaii against Justin Wilson (4-4, 3.14) and Tanner Scheppers (2-3, 5.81).
The doubleheader, which begins at 9 a.m., concludes UH's seven-game, 13-day road trip.
The Rainbows return home tomorrow and host Louisiana Tech next week, starting Friday.