The Hawaii Rainbows knocked off Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans in eleven innings by a 5-4 score. Derek DuPree hit a single through the right side with Kevin Fujii scoring his second run of the game to give the Rainbows the victory in the first game in the entire nation. The Rainbows came up with a single run in the bottom of the ninth after a crucial Vulcan error to allow Landon Hernandez to reach with no outs. The Rainbows pinch ran for Hernandez with Kevin Fujii who moved to second on a bunt from Nathan Young. He was ended up getting driven in by Hoey to tie the game up.
CSTV continues their series of previews with the West Coast Conference and the WAC. Sorensen picks San Diego to win the West Coast Conference with Pepperdine as a contender and Santa Clara is the darkhorse. The preview is available here. He picks Fresno State to win the conference with Louisiana Tech and Nevada in the contender category and Sacramento State in the darkhorse category. The full preview is available here.
The Uniform Start Date is Febraury 22nd but Hawaii and Hawaii-Hilo will open the season on Febraury 15th to kick off the year. The Vulcans and Rainbows will play a three game set from Friday-Sunday. The Rainbows are coming off a 38-25 season with a conference record of 11-13. They return Matt Daly who threw a no-hitter in the Cape Cod League this past season. Hawaii-Hilo is coming off a 12-35-1 campaign while losing top pitcher Lars Knepper who threw three complete games for the Vulcans.
BleedCrimson.net continues his series of interviews with New Mexico State head coach Rocky Ward. He discusses his preparations to start the season and some other issues. He talks about how the team is shaping up in the 2008 with three starting pitchers in getting back into the rotation. Click here to check out the whole interview.
Our good friend Sam Wasson of BleedCrimson.net checks in with New Mexico State head coach Rocky Ward with a second pre-season interview with him. Coach Ward talks about some of the drills he leads the club through during the early season workouts and the goals that each drill has. Some of the other topics that he also touches on is the television coverage of the team, pre-season conference team member Joe Scaperotta, and some other topics. The interview is available by clicking here.
The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) has announced their 2008 Preseason Poll and Team. The Preseason poll is led by defending conference champion Fresno State who received six out of seven first place votes with Louisiana Tech getting the other vote. Continue reading
Our good friend Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com has started doing previews of conferences for the 2008 season.He is one of the top college baseball writers in the country with the depth of his knowledge about the players and coaches across the country. The previews are brief but informative especially the lower level conferences. Continue reading
The Hawaii Rainbows will be starting practice today. Head Coach Mike Trapasso is in a rebuilding mode for this season but they should still be competitive with 3b Justin Frash returning and 9 game winner Ian Harrington. He lost his ace in Steven Wright, Darrell Fisherbaugh who led the team in saves, leadoff hitter Robbie Wilder, cleanup hitter Luis Avila, and fifth hitting Matt Inouye. These are some major losses but Coach Trapasso will be able to recharge the Rainbows batteries this upcoming season. The full article from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin is available here.