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Week 3 Series Preview: vs. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

The Dores enter a 4 game dream vacation series on a 5 game winning streak.

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The only things that come up in a Getty Images search for “Hawaii baseball” is from their Little League World Series squad from 2018.
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Week Three (3/4-3/6): vs. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Friday @ 10:35pm CT on ESPN+

Saturday @ 5:05pm CT on (¯\_(ツ)_/¯, but hopefully ESPN+)

Saturday @ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ CT on (¯\_(ツ)_/¯, but hopefully ESPN+)

Sunday @ 5:05pm CT on ESPN+

2021 Record: 24-26 (16-24 Big West).

2022: Record: 4-4. They split a home series against Washington State, and went 2-2 in a tourney in San Diego featuring San Diego State, UNLV, and Fresno State. None of those teams are likely NCAA Tourney teams, but they are all major college programs, so that 4-4 record looks real to me.

Player to Watch: #1 Jr. OF Scotty “Two Ply” Scott. The man so nice they named him twice has slashed .333/.526/.333 with 8 BB and 3 HBP, so you just know he’s a leadoff hitter—and, as someone who also liked to get into a pitcher’s head and wear those bruises like badges of honor in my playing days, the Scotsman has my respect.

Anchor of Gold Tiger Beat Hottest Pitcher: #29 RS So. RHP Trevor “Worlds Collide” Ichimura, who though he is a relief pitcher, has the 3rd most innings pitched on the team (23 IP fewer than the team leader, Friday starter #17 Jr. RHP Cade Halemalu). He’s 8 and 1/3 IP 0 R 5 H 2 BB 6 K in 4 appearances on the season. Expect to see him twice this weekend.

Confidence Level: High. Though they have been a respectable 4-4 against actual baseball teams (no cupcakes yet), they’re not really on our level. We should feel okay about winning 3 of 4, great about sweeping, and pissed if we return at or below .500 on the weekend.

On the Mound (Pure Speculation at the moment)

Friday @ 10:35pm CT on ESPN+

#35 Vanderbilt Jr. RHP Chris “McBain” McElvain (1-0; 0.00 ERA)

vs. #17 Hawaii Jr. RHP Cade Halemalu (0-1; 7.00 ERA)

Saturday @ 5:05pm CT on ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

#20 Vanderbilt Fr. LHP Carter “Southpaw Sonny Gray” Holton (1-0; 5.40 ERA)

vs. #25 Hawaii Grad Student RHP Andy “Duchess” Archer (0-1; 5.19 ERA)

Saturday @ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ CT on ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

#95 Vanderbilt Fr. LHP Devin “The Future” Futrell (1-0; 0.00 ERA)

vs. #15 Hawaii Jr. RHP Cameron “Hagan the Horrible” Hagan (0-0; 5.79 ERA)

Sunday @ 5:05pm CT on ESPN+

#29 Vanderbilt Jr. RHP Nick “Where’s Maldo?” Maldonado (1-1; 2.25 ERA)

vs. #22 Hawaii RHP/LHP Johnny Wholestaff (they’ve started relievers in each of their game 4s; different ones; and have only pitched them an inning) (4-4; 4.03 ERA)

The Lineup

1 cf 51 Enrique Bradfield Jr L .192

2 3b 11 Davis Diaz R .417

3 rf 34 Spencer Jones L .355

4 dh 16 Jack Bulger R .321

5 ss 9 Carter Young B .200

6 c 12 Dominic Keegan R .296

7 lf 2 Javier Vaz L .333

8 2b 6 Tate Kolwyck R .222

9 1b 25 Parker Noland L .160

See you in the comments.