Wolf Pack stand in Rainbows' way
» Five Rainbows named to the All-WAC second team
» Hawaii gets a first-hand look at the FieldTurf at Peccole Park
Hawaii did not place a single player on the All-Western Athletic Conference baseball first team announced yesterday, but the Rainbows weren't letting it bother them yesterday as they prepared to face host Nevada in their opener of the WAC Tournament at Peccole Park.
"Maybe we can do it on the field starting (today) and be all-WAC as a team," Hawaii coach Mike Trapasso said.
Hawaii (33-26) vs. Nevada (32-24)
» Today, 3:45 p.m.
» At Reno, Nev.
» TV: None. Radio: KKEA 1420-AM
"Our kids are fine with it, they don't worry about that kind of thing. I'm the one who is disappointed for them," Trapasso added.
Fifth-seeded UH (33-26, 11-13 WAC) was scheduled to put lefty Ian Harrington (7-7, 4.44) on the mound, while the second-seeded Wolf Pack (32-24, 15-9) counters with Ryan Rodriguez (8-6, 3.59).
Rodriguez was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year yesterday.
Today's other games match top-seeded Fresno State (32-27, 17-7) against No. 6 Sacramento State (17-38, 10-14) and No. 3 Louisiana Tech (35-22, 14-10) against No. 4 San Jose State (32-24, 11-13).
If Hawaii wins, it plays the winner of Louisiana Tech and San Jose State tomorrow at 4 p.m.
If it loses its first game, UH meets the loser of Fresno State and Sacramento State tomorrow at 8 a.m. in an elimination game.
Only the tournament champion is expected to represent the WAC in the NCAA Regionals.