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Baseball takes winning streak to series at Long Beach State

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HONOLULU – Hawai’i, owner of the nation’s longest active winning streak at 11 games, will hit the road for the final time in the regular season when it plays Long Beach State Friday through Sunday.

The Rainbow Warriors will look to continue rising in the Big West standings and add to their resume to show they belong in the postseason conversation. The Dirtbags led the all-time series between the two schools, 23-15, but UH won last year’s series in Honolulu.












HAWAI’I (32-15, 15-9 Big West) at LONG BEACH STATE (23-25-1, 8-16 Big West)
Dates and times Friday May 17 – 3:00 PM HT
Saturday May 18 – 3:00 PM HT
Sunday May 19 – 10:00 am HT
Place Long Beach, California – Blair Field
Radio ESPN Honolulu
Live stream ESPN+
Live stats Friday | Saturday | Sunday
PDF notes Hawaii | Long Beach State
Social media @HawaiiBaseball Tweet | @Hawaiibsb Instagram
Projected rotations Hawaii
Friday – LHP Connor Harrison (0-1, 2.70)
Saturday – LHP Randy Abshier (4-4, 4.57)
Sunday — LHP Harrison Bodendorf (4-3, 4.88)
Long Beach State
Friday – RHP Owen Geiss (3-3, 5.82)
Saturday — LHP Van Larson (2-1, 4.44)
Sunday — RHP Kellan Montgomery (3-3, 4.10)


HEAD COACH RICH HILL

At Hawai’i: 89-59, 3rd season

Collegiate record: 1,167-797-4, 37th season

SERIES VS. LONG BEACH STATE

LBSU leads, 23-15
Last meeting: 2023 in Honolulu (UH won series, 3-0)

LEADS OUT

DID YOU KNOW?
The Rainbow Warriors are 17-5 since early April, outscoring their opponents 152-89 (6.9-4.0 per game). UH is hitting .308 as a team, while the pitching staff owns a 3.44 ERA in that 22-game stretch.

DEADLY WEAPONS
The dominance of the Rainbow Warrior pitching staff during the team’s current hot streak has placed them among the national leaders in a number of categories. The ‘Bows rank ninth nationally with an ERA of 4.04 and are eighth in WHIP at 1.28. UH is also seventh in walks allowed per nine innings (3.13) and 11th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.81). Hawai’i has held its last seven opponents to three or fewer runs with a 1.29 ERA over that stretch.



ON A ROLL
Hawai’i, the nation’s most popular team, enters the weekend having won 13 of its last 14 games on an 11-game winning streak. The ‘Bows have won three consecutive conference series for the first time since joining the Big West and the first time all-time since 1989, when they went undefeated for three straight WAC weekends. Only current top-15 teams Wake Forest and Georgia have active win streaks of at least eight games, while UH has outscored them 99-35 during the streak.



Longest active winning streaks nationally
Hawaii – 11
Wakebos – 9
Georgia – 8
Saint Mary – 7
UC Santa Barbara – 7
San Diego – 7
3 others equal – 7



SECOND HALF SURGES
The Rainbow Warriors have enjoyed strong second-half surges in each of their first three seasons under head coach Rich Hill. UH is 54-26 in April and May under Hill, compared to 35-33 in February and March. This year, Hawai’i is 17-5 since early April, after going 17-11 in the final two months of the season a year ago and 20-10 in April and May during Hill’s first season in 2022. Hawai’i has put also put up some big numbers, both at the plate and on the mound, during the final two months of the season under Hill.



THE STICKS ARE HOT
The Rainbow Warrior offense was a big part of the current 11-game winning streak, hitting .330 with 99 runs scored, 37 extra-base hits and a .422 on-base percentage. Six different starters are hitting at least .300 during the streak, while five different players have driven in at least 10 runs.