HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior baseball team kicks off the 2014 season hosting a four-game series against the No.6 Oregon Ducks in the Outrigger Opening Series. The ‘Bows and Ducks will play Friday, Feb. 14 (6:35 p.m.), Saturday, Feb. 15 (6:35 p.m.), Sunday, Feb. 16 (1:05 p.m.), and Monday, Feb. 17 (1:05 p.m.).
Hawai’i and Oregon open both their seasons at Les Murakami Stadium for the fourth straight year. UH holds a 12-10 advantage in the overall series but Oregon has won nine of the last 10 meetings including last season’s sweep.
The ‘Bows will field a veteran team this spring as seven of the eight position starters return from 2013. Shortstop Austin Wobrock committed just one error last season while starting all 51 games, the only UH player to do so and Marc Flores figures to be a mainstay again in the UH lineup. Matt Cooper, who led the team in strikeouts last season, returns to the starting rotation along with two-year starter Scott Squier.
The Ducks come in after a successful run in the 2013 NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the Eugene Regional title game. They were picked to finish second in the Pac-12 Preseason Poll.
What: Outrigger Opening Series – Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors vs. No. 6 Oregon Ducks
When: Friday, Feb. 14 (6:35 p.m.), Saturday, Feb. 15 (6:35 p.m.), Sunday, Feb. 16 (1:05 p.m.), and Monday, Feb. 17 (1:05 p.m.).
Where: Honolulu, O’ahu (Les Murakami Stadium).
Television: OCSports – Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD) will broadcast the Friday and Saturday games. Jim Leahey will be calling the play-by-play with Pal Eldredge doing color commentary.
Streaming Video: Available at www.OCSports.tv
Radio: The Friday and Saturday games will be broadcast on ESPN AM 1500 with Sunday and Monday’s contest on ESPN AM 1420. Don Robbs and Scott Robbs will be calling the action.
Audio Webcast: http://espn1420am.com (ESPN AM 1420 games only).
Live Stats: Live in-game stats are available at HawaiiAthletics.com.
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.
Promotions: Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is the series sponsor and will distribute 200 felt pennants on Friday, 200 tote bags on Saturday, 200 water bottles on Sunday, and 200 drawstring backpacks on Monday. Fans can register to win an Outrigger Grand Slam Prize Package, valued at $200 including a Chevron gas card, at each game of the series. Outrigger will also have a prize wheel setup on the main concourse. Friday’s contest will be followed by an autograph session on the field.
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*