Star-Bulletin Sports

Tuesday, January 29, 2002



UH baseball head coach Mike Trapasso after winning the alumni game.

New Era

Mike Trapasso takes over
the helm, filling the coaching
spot held for more than 30
years by Les Murakami

Depth chart
Opening days gone by

By Al Chase

HAWAII baseball coach Mike Trapasso wants position players who can play defense and pitchers who can throw strikes in the bottom half of the strike zone.

If a Rainbow can perform either one of those skills as required by his position, he has a good chance to play.

"This is the way it is going into the season. Lineups and rotations take care of themselves. The kids dictate the lineup by how they are doing," Trapasso said.

"Our pitchers can't afford to walk anyone. There is no defense for a walk. They have to have an undying desire to keep the ball down, trying to force a ground ball with every fiber in their body."

The starting rotation is still up in the air. Junior right-hander Bryan Lee has been converted from a closer to a starter and most likely will pitch the opener against No. 2 Florida State tomorrow.

Freshman right-hander Ricky Bauer is in the rotation along with senior right-hander Sean Yamashita, although Yamashita is expected to take on another role after the FSU series. Chris George, a right-hander from Cypress Junior College, arrived Saturday and could join the rotation since most series are three games.

"I would like to use Yamashita as a trouble shooter in different kinds of situations. He has the ability to settle a game," said Trapasso. "Lee had a very good fall. Bauer will take some lumps as a freshman, but he has everything to be special in the future."

Clockwise from the top left, outfielder Derek Honma, pitchers Ricky Bauer and Sean Yamashita, and infielder Brent Cook.

Freshman right-hander Jason Piepmeier also has been impressive, but, like Bauer, needs innings.

Closing will be by committee until someone steps up and claims the job. Trapasso has 15 pitchers on the roster and a number of them will be situation pitchers who can get a specific job done.

Junior right-hander Chad Giannetti, Davin Morita, a junior right-hander who transferred from Gonzaga, senior left-handers Ryan Yamamoto, Matt Le Ducq and Aaron Pribble and sophomore right-hander Will Quaglieri all fall into that category at this point.

"We have a lot of guys who are similar. In the first 10 games, we'll make moves because we want to see guys in competitive situations that we wouldn't make later in the year. But, we won't make moves if it would cost a ball game," said Trapasso.

Brian Bock is the catcher. Trapasso says the junior from Bakersfield, Calif., has proven himself to be a very good college catcher, framing pitches well and blocking balls in the dirt.

Junior college transfer Grady Symonds and freshman Travis Mitsuda provide depth behind the plate.

"Our catchers call the game. It lets the pitcher and catcher get into the flow of the game and do things themselves," said Trapasso. "I like them to have that freedom. It's better for their development."

There are a number of options for the infield positions, but not at first base.

"As long as he's breathing, Gregg Omori is our first baseman," Trapasso said. "He's the No. 3 hitter, leads by example, hits the ball to all fields and is very solid defensively."

Second base has come down to freshman Daniel Mocny and senior Lane Nogawa. Mocny is a converted third baseman and the key for him is turning the double play. Brent Cook, a transfer from California, is slotted for third base, but he can also play second.

"Mocny plays hard, runs, hits well and has improved so much defensively. From an offensive standpoint, we may need to get him in the lineup," Trapasso said.

Sophomore Cortland Wilson returns at shortstop and has to play consistent defense to hold the job.

"Cortland is really locked in on offense, but our identity as a ball club is defense. He just has to make the routine plays," said Trapasso.

Waiting in the wings are JC transfer Julian Russell, presently recovering from a pulled hamstring, and freshman Jason Carlson.

Junior Art Guillen will patrol center field. He plays shallow, gets a great jump on balls and will be a key for the Rainbows as the lead-off hitter.

"Art has to get on base and make things happen. Then Cook can do what he does best and hit the ball to right. I want runners on first and third in the first inning with Omori coming up," Trapasso said.

Sophomore Chad Boudon or senior Derek Honma will be in left field, with sophomore Tim Montgomery or junior Kevin Gilbride in right.

"Boudon can be a run producer, but only if he hits to all fields. When he tries to hit home runs, he's easy to pitch to. It's the same with Montgomery, but both are starting to hit to the center of the field," said Trapasso.

"Honma has good speed and instincts. He swings the bat well but will have to hit the cut-off man. Gilbride is a guy you root for. He is competitive, athletic and just needs to play baseball. He has improved immensely from the fall to the spring.

So what kind of year is in store for Rainbow baseball fans?

"For us to be successful and have a good year, we're going to have to overachieve a little bit. We need two or three guys to have passion every day on every pitch. They will raise the level of everyone else."


2002 UH depth chart

First Basemen

Gregg Omori
Derek Snell

Second Basemen

Lane Nogawa
Danny Mocny


Cortland Wilson
Julian Russell
Jason Carlson

Third Basemen

Brent Cook
Schafer Magna

Left Fielders

Derek Honma
Chad Boudon

Center Fielders

Art Guillen
Craig Johnson

Right Fielders

Tim Montgomery
Kevin Gilbride

Pitchers (right)

Ricky Bauer
Jean-Paul Gauthier
Chad Giannetti
Chris George
Ian Jones
Bryan Lee
Davin Morita
Jason Piepmeier
William Quaglieri
Jeffrey Rhode
Sean Yamashita

Pitchers (left)

Matt Le Ducq
Aaron Pribble
Daniel Vitro
Ryan Yamamoto


Brian Bock
Grady Symonds
Travis Mitsuda

Designated Hitters

Scooter Martines


UH roster

No Name Pos. B/T Ht Wt Yr Hometown

1 Danny Mocny IF R/R 5-10 175 Fr. Santa Rosa, CA

2 Lane Nogawa IF R/R 5-8 156 Sr. Honolulu

3 Tim Montgomery OF R/R 6-2 205 So. Sammamish, WA

4 Julian Russell IF R/R 5-11 180 Jr. Quincy, CA

5 Ryan Yamamoto P R/L 5-9 170 Sr. Kaneohe

6 Jason Carlson IF R/R 5-11 175 Fr. Lompoc, CA

7 Arthur Guillen OF L/L 5-9 150 Jr. Porterville, CA

8 Grady Symonds C R/R 6-2 185 Jr. Buffalo Grove, IL

9 Brent Cook IF R/R 5-10 180 Jr. Alamo, CA

10 Schafer Magana IF R/R 6-0 170 So. Taylorsville, UT

14 Craig Johnson OF/1B R/R 6-1 175 Fr. Porterville, CA

15 Chris George P R/R 6-2 190 Jr. Santa Cruz, CA

18 William Quaglieri P R/R 6-2 205 So. Reno, NV

19 Kevin Gilbride OF L/L 6-3 210 Jr. Jacksonville, FL

20 Chad Boubon OF R/R 6-3 210 So. Seattle, WA

21 Ian Jones P R/R 5-9 171 Sr. Henderson, NV

22 Derek Honma OF S/R 5-10 184 Sr. Pearl City

23 Derek Snell IF R/R 6-2 190 Fr. Puyallup, WA

24 Sean Yamashita P R/R 5-8 165 Sr. Waipahu

25 Ricky Bauer P R/R 6-2 165 Fr. Kaneohe

27 Daniel Vitro P L/L 6-1 175 So. Kaneohe

28 Gregg Omori 1B R/R 5-11 185 Sr. Kaneohe

29 Bryan Lee P R/R 6-1 190 Jr. Aiea

30 Davin Morita P R/R 5-10 178 Jr. Wailuku

31 Chad Giannetti P R/R 6-2 195 Jr. Honolulu

32 Jason Piepmeier P R/R 5-11 170 Fr. San Carlos, CA

33 Cortland Wilson SS R/R 5-10 180 So. Sandy, UT

34 Jean-Paul Gauthier P R/R 6-1 210 Sr. Coronado, CA

36 Matt Le Ducq P L/L 6-1 200 Sr. Santa Rosa, Calif.

39 Travis Mitsuda C R/R 5-9 195 Fr. Waipahu

40 Aaron Pribble P L/L 6-5 223 Sr. Fairfax, Calif.

44 Scooter Martinez OF R/R 5-10 215 Sr. Honolulu

48 Jefferey Rhode P L/R 6-6 230 Fr. Eugene, OR

70 Brian Bock C R/R 6-0 193 Jr. Bakersfield, Calif.


Opening day highlights

The Rainbows started off their first six collegiate seasons with wins, and hope to start the Trapasso era the same way


Hawaii 6, Brigham Young 4: The Hawaii Rainbows begin their first all-collegiate schedule in a new, on-campus stadium by sweeping a doubleheader from Brigham Young. In the opener, Shelly Dramin is 3-for-5 and Ed Gilliam's two-run double in the sixth inning snaps a 2-2 deadlock. Ben Flores is the winning pitcher.


Hawaii 5, Iowa State 3: The Rainbows are held to three hits, but take advantage of six Iowa State errors. Royden Kotake has two of the hits while Gene Ober gets the other. Ben Flores wins his second consecutive opener and Gene Smith picks up the save.


Hawaii 7, Vanderbilt 5: Freshman left-hander Derek Tatsuno makes his Hawaii debut with a 10-strikeout, no-walk performance. Paul Mize is 3-for-3. Vern Ramie's three-run double highlights a six-run fifth inning that propels the 'Bows to victory.


Hawaii 5, Oklahoma 3: Freshman Thad Reece has a two-run single in the fourth, then hits his only career home run at home, a solo shot in the sixth inning. The winning pitcher is Rich Olsen.


Hawaii 2, Oregon State 1: Vern Ramie's sacrifice fly scores the game-winning run in the sixth inning. Curt Watanabe is 3-for-3 and left-hander Mark Olmos strikes out 13 Beavers.


Hawaii 10, Hawaii-Hilo 3: Mark Olmos becomes the second UH pitcher to register two opening-game victories as the Rainbows score seven runs in the first inning and three more in the second. Les Kakazu is 3-for-5, Howard Dashefsky is 2-for-2 and Jay Erdahl has two RBIs.


California 10, Hawaii 9: Hawaii suffers its first season-opening game loss and Chuck Crim's winning streak (15-0 the previous year as a freshman) ends. California's Mitch Hawley stops the 'Bows on two hits over the final 2 2/3 innings. Collin Tanabe has a homer and three RBIs for the Rainbows.


Hawaii 10, Southern Cal 7: Left-hander Bryan Duquette's six strikeouts in four innings of relief helps UH overcome Southern Cal. Les Kakazu's two-run single in the sixth breaks a 6-6 tie and Mario Monico's two-run triple in the seventh gives the 'Bows breathing room.


Hawaii 11, Hawaii Pacific 4: Glenn Braggs, Peter Ho and Terry Derby each have two hits while Mario Monico goes 3-for-4 in the first-ever meeting with Hawaii Pacific College. David Smith is the winning pitcher.


Southern Cal 5, Hawaii 3: Fans are kept outside until a half-hour before game time as construction workers finish bolting down the seats in the new, 3,412-seat stadium. Southern Cal's Mark McGwire is 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Todd Crosby and Greg Vasquez pair hits for UH.


Hawaii 9, UCLA 7: Hawaii's five-run rally in the eighth inning overcomes a 7-4 UCLA lead. Kelsey Isa, Dan Nyssen, Jason Espiritu, Markus Owens and Todd Crosby knock in the runs. The win goes to reliever Chuck Kane.


Hawaii 6, Arizona State 5: Hawaii hands Arizona State its first loss of the season after six wins. Jeff Vierra saves the victory for brother Joey by striking out the last two Sun Devils in the ninth inning, halting a three-run rally.


Southern Cal 8, Hawaii 4: The Rainbows are limited to four hits by three Southern Cal pitchers. The Trojans connect for five extra-base hits.


Hawaii 9, San Jose State 2: Hawaii manages just six hits but takes advantage of 11 walks by San Jose State pitchers. A seven-run second inning makes it easy for UH and starting pitcher Norman Holt.


Hawaii 11, Nevada-Las Vegas 0: Clinton Kelson, one of three freshman who form the starting rotation, pitches UH's first opening-game shutout. John Matias and Todd Takayoshi hit home runs. Matias has three RBIs.


UCLA 3, Hawaii 2: Brady Perriera pitches shutout ball for seven innings but Hawaii's 2-0 lead disappears in the top of the eighth. UCLA combines a walk, two of its three hits and a throwing error by shortstop Randy Vollmer for three runs.


Washington 8, Hawaii 5: Todd Takayoshi and Jon Viela each bang out a pair of hits and Tim Albert has two RBIs. However, the Huskies rally for a run in the eighth inning to break a 5-5 tie, then score two insurance runs in the ninth.


Hawaii 7, Arizona 6: Harold Cabbab's one-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning with Erik Evans on base lifts the 'Bows to victory. Chris Dugger goes 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and Craig Tucker earns the win in relief.


Hawaii 9, Arizona State 4: Matt Apana escapes a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the top of the sixth inning and Sy Farinas singles in two runs in the bottom of the inning to break a 3-3 tie. Franz Yuen is 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs, including two in the eighth with a double as UH stops the 13th-ranked Sun Devils.1994

Hawaii 9, California 8: Reliever Andrew McNally's strike to catcher Tyler Cheff nailed California's Gavin Brown attempt-ing to steal home in the top of the ninth to preserve the win for Mitchell Miyoshi. Shawn Rogers knocked in three runs with three hits including a two-run homer.


UCLA 5, Hawaii 1: Freshman Troy Glaus' three-run homer highlighted a five-run, fifth inning for the Bruins. Four UCLA pitchers limit the 'Bows to six hits. Neal Honma scored UH's only run on a throwing error in the first inning.


Hawaii 7, Washington State 2: Mark Johnson, a preseason All-American, pitched seven innings, walked just one and fanned 11 to lead the 'Bows. Robert Medeiros and Jamie Aloy each had three RBIs.


Hawaii 3, Miami 2: Robert Medeiros scored the wining run in the bottom of the 10th inning on Key Voshell's fielder's choice grounder to shortstop. UH scored twice in the second on RBI singles by Sean Murphy and Jamie Aloy. Troy Yoshimasu got the win in relief of Andrew McNally who pitched five-hit ball over the first eight innings.


Hawaii 11, San Francisco 5: The Rainbows break a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning. David Perreira singled home Jamie Aloy with the go-ahead run and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Dartt. Lars Hansen tripled home two runs in the four-run eighth. Ian Jones earned the win with two innings of one-hit relief.


Hawaii 3, UCLA 0: Jamie Aloy pitches five-hit ball for seven innings and Ian Jones and Rich Snider complete the shutout of the 16th-ranked Bruins. Lars Hansen's bloop single to right scored Matt Wheeler with the run the 'Bows needed in the fourth inning.


Florida 12, Hawaii 6: The Gators pounded out 16 hits off five UH pitches and scored in each of the first six innings for the easy victory. Danny Kimura was 3-for-5, all doubles, with three RBIs for the Rainbows.


Hawaii 8, Sacramento State 7: A two-out single by freshman Tim Montgomery, a stolen base and freshman Cortland Wilson's RBI single to left brought in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning. Aaron Pribble was the winning pitcher.

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