Hawai’i baseball gets set for senior weekend

Pi'ikea Kitamura // Hawaii Athletics
Pi'ikea Kitamura // Hawaii Athletics

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i Rainbow baseball team will play its final home series this weekend when it hosts UC Davis for three Big West Conference games at Les Murakami Stadium. The ‘Bows and Aggies will play Friday, May 17 (6:35 p.m.), Saturday, May 18 (6:35 p.m.), and Sunday, May 19 (1:05 p.m.).

The series marks the final home games for eight Rainbow seniors: Connor Little, Pi’ikea Kitamura, Corey MacDonald, Jon Flinn, Max Duval, Patrick O’ Rourke, Jim MacWilliam, and Kris Butler.

Kitamura and Little were both members of two Western Athletic Conference titles and were contributors in UH’s WAC Tournament title run and Tempe Regional appearance in 2010. Little has been with the program since 2009 having earned a medical redshirt last season.
UH also enters the series ranked 12th nationally in average attendance (3,317) and 17th in total attendance (86,246).

The ‘Bows are coming off their second seven-game road trip of the season. They opened with Pacific, winning two of three games to earn their first road series win of the season. They nearly did the same this past weekend against Long Beach State but lost a one-run dual on Sunday in the rubber match of the series.

Corey MacDonald continues to be the workhorse on the mound. He went 2-0 on the road trip with wins over Pacific and Long Beach State and boasted a 2.77 ERA. Overall he has a team-best six wins (6-5) with a 3.84 ERA and a team-high 86 and two-thirds innings pitched.

Marc Flores had a stellar road trip as well, batting .542 (13-24) with four doubles, a homerun, and an .833 slugging percentage. Kalei Hanawahine hit .421 on the trip and now leads the ‘Bows in hitting at .289.
Games 46-48 What: Hawai’i (12-33, 7-14 BWC) vs. UC Davis (18-31, 5-16 BWC) When: Friday, May 17 (6:35 p.m.), Saturday, May 18 (6:35 p.m.), Sunday, May 19 (1:05 p.m.). Where: Honolulu, O’ahu (Les Murakami Stadium). Television: OCSports – Channels 12 (SD) and 1012 (HD) will broadcast the series finale on Sunday. Jim Leahey will be calling the play-by-play with Pal Eldredge doing color commentary. Streaming Video: Available at www.OCSports.tv. Radio: ESPN Radio (1420 AM) will broadcast all games live with Don Robbs and Scott Robbs handling the play-by-play. Audio Webcast: http://espn1420am.com Live Stats: CLICK HERE Ticket Information: Tickets can be purchased at the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office, online at HawaiiAthletics.com, or by phone at (808) 944-2697. There will be a $1 processing fee for all online transactions. UH Athletics is offering a “Fast Lane” option for fans purchasing baseball tickets at Les Murakami Stadium on game day. Window 7 is designated as the “Fast Lane” window, where cash-only, best-available, upper-level seats are sold. Fans are not able to “shop for seats” and they are sold the best upper-level seat locations remaining at the time of their purchase. PromotionsJack in the Box is the series sponsor and will distribute 100 seat cushions at each game and award over $450 in Jack Cash during the weekend. The University of Hawaii Federal Credit Union will honor our seniors with commemorative plaques and distribute 1,500 team photos on “Senior Day”.

*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*

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