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Star-Bulletin Sports

Friday, April 14, 2000

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




vs. Fresno State Bulldogs

Bullet First pitch: Tomorrow, 12:05 p.m.; Sunday, 3:05 p.m.; Monday, 6:35 p.m., Rainbow Stadium.

Bullet Coaches: Hawaii, Les Murakami, 30th season (1,072-562-4, .656); Fresno State, Bob Bennett, 32nd season (1,217-696-4, .636).

Bullet Season: Hawaii (8-7 Western Athletic Conference, 21-20 overall); Fresno State (10-5, 28-10).

Bullet Series record: Fresno State leads the series, 35-27. The teams have split the 40 games played in Honolulu.

Bullet Probable starting pitchers: Fresno State, Tom Graham, right-hander (5-3, 4.43); Shawn Hannah, right-hander (5-2, 3.41), and Beau Hintz, left-hander (4-3, 3.14) ... Hawaii, Jamie Aloy, left-hander (5-3, 4.24); Randon Ho, left-hander (5-5, 4.64), and Rich Snider, right-hander (6-6, 4.10)

Bullet Top players: Fresno State, Brandon Gemoll, first baseman (.394, 4 HR, 40 RBIs); Nick Garcia, third baseman, (.324, 23 RBIs); and Anthony Acevedo, outfielder (5 HR, 36 RBIs). ... Hawaii, Kenn Wakakuwa, second baseman/catcher (.372, 30 RBIs); Rah-Miel Mitchell, outfielder (.367, 1 HR, 9 RBIs); Jamie Aloy, first baseman (.352, 9 doubles, 9 RBIs); and Danny Kimura, designated hitter (40 RBIs).

Bullet Series keys: Both teams are chasing first-place San Jose State and need to play well in this series. ... The Bulldogs can at least look forward to six games with SJSU. The Rainbows have to make up ground against the rest of the league.

.Bullet Interesting facts: The Bulldogs are ranked No. 18 by Baseball America and No. 23 by Collegiate Baseball ... FSU head coach Bob Bennett needs one victory to move into eighth place on the all-time NCAA Division I win list with 1,218 victories, breaking a tie with Al Ogletree who coached Pan American for 41 years ... Overall, the Rainbows are hitting .303 against left-handers and .275 against right-handers.

By Al Chase, Star-Bulletin

UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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