Hawaii Series Preview

We're exactly two weeks away from the First Pitch of the 2010 NCAA Baseball Season, and the Beavers open up in Honolulu. Below is a quick preview of the four game series. Go Beavers!

The Games

Day            Date                    Time (Pacific)        
Friday         Febuary 19th        8:35 PM
Saturday     Febuary 20th        3:05 PM
Sunday       Febuary 21st        3:05 PM
Sunday       Febuary 22nd       7:05 PM

You can listen to the first three games on KPAM 860, with the final game of the series airing on 1550 KKAD.

The Venue

Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu seats 4,310 people. The stadium was built in 1984 and was renamed after legendary Rainbow coach Les Murakami for the 2002 season. It was fomerly named Rainbow Stadium. The Field Dimensions are below.

Left Field-325 Feet
Center Field-385 Feet
Right Field-325

3,740 of the seats covered to shelter the fans from the frequent spring rains of Manoa, called the "Manoa Mist" by fans.

Hawaii

The Warriors have 7 Seniors on the roster this year, 4 of which are starters. Hawaii is led by 1st Basemen Kevin Macdonald, who earned 1st Team All-WAC Honors last season. He also led the team with 60 RBI's and 14 Home Runs.

Hawaii's lead pitcher is Nathaniel Klein. Klein started 10 games out of 11 appearences last year. He finished with a record of 3-4 with a 5.10 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 60.0 innings pitched.

Hawaii went 28-23 last season, including an 8-4 loss at Oregon State. They finished 5th in the WAC last year.

This season, the Warriors were picked to finish 3rd in the Preseason WAC Coaches Poll. In addition, Sean Montplaisir, Greg Garcia, and Nate Klein were named to the Preseason All-WAC Team. Collegiate Baseball listed Hawaii in the "Also Recieving Votes" category for their Preseason Top 40 Poll.

Sophomore Kolten Wong was named to the Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Third Team, as selected by the writers of Collegiate Baseball.

Prediction

Friday-Win
Saturday-Win
Sunday-Loss
Monday-Win

I'd be very disappointed if we didn't go 3-1. We should have no problem handling them.

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