STILLWATER, Okla.- Although the Bows’ baseball season came to an end this past weekend, a handful of Hawaii natives are continuing their season this week in the NCAA National Championship Tournament.
One of the players taking part in the regional round of the tournament is Moanalua graduate Tim Arakawa. The Oklahoma State second-baseman and his Cowboys earned the number one-seed in the Stillwater Regional. The four-team, double-elimination tournament also features second-seeded Nebraska, third-seeded Cal State Fullerton and fourth-seeded Binghamton.
Arakawa, who brought up some island flavor with him to the team, has four homeruns, 41 RBIs and batting .260. He also introduced the Cowboys to “ohana.” With the teams goal to make it to Omaha, Nebraska, and eventually the college world series, the Cowboys created its own mantra of “Omahana,” in hopes of reaching Omaha together as a family.
The Cowboys are looking for their first Regional championship since 2007 when they won the NCAA Fayetteville Regional to advance to the second Super Regional in program history. If OSU advance out of the Stillwater Regional, coach Holliday’s ball club will face the winner of the NCAA Corvallis (Oregon State) Regional in Super Regional play.
The NCAA Stillwater Regional opens Friday with Nebraska (40-19) taking on Cal State Fullerton (32-22) at noon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium before OSU (45-16) faces Binghamton (25-25) at 6 p.m. the Stillwater Regional marks the first time the Cowboys have been a Regional host since 2008 and the 11th time overall at Reynolds Stadium.
HERE’S A LIST OF THE LOCAL BOYS TAKING PART IN THE REGIONAL ROUND:
#1 Oklahoma State Cowboys (Stillwater Regional)
Tim Arakawa – Moanalua (2B / Jr)
#3 Kansas Jayhawks (Louisville Regional)
Michael Suiter – Punahou (OF – Jr)
Justin Protacio – Mid Pacific (SS . Jr)
Kaiana Eldredge – Punahou (C – Sr)
Robert Kahana – Campbell (P – Jr)
#2 Kentucky Wildcats (Louisville Regional)
Tom Ka’ai – Saint Louis (OF / So)
#2 Oregon Ducks (Nashville Regional)
Mark Karaviotis – Maui (SS / Fr)
#4 Sacramento State Hornets (San Luis Obispo Regional)
Dane Fujinaka – Mid Pacific (C / So)
#3 Pepperdine Waves (San Luis Obispo)
Kolten Yamaguchi – Konawaena (C / Jr)
Ivan Dilda – Mid Pacific Institute (P / So)
#2 Washington Huskies (Oxford Regional)
Dae Yang Kim – Moanalua (P / Sr)
#3 Old Dominion Moncarchs (Columbia Regional)
Jordan Negrini – Baldwin (3b / Sr)