Rainbows catcher Murray returns at critical time for the “Banged Up ‘Bows”

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Riding a four game winning streak having already locked-up a series victory over Longwood, the University of Hawaii baseball team returns from their Monday off to close out the four game date with the Lancers on Tuesday night at Les Murakami Stadium.

The Rainbow Warriors who enter the game 6-5 on the season have been locked-in at the plate as of late, scoring an average of seven runs per game in their last seven outings.

Truth be told though, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for the ‘Bows.

UH got bit hard by the injury bug this past weekend as leading hitters Adam Fogel (arm) and Dallas Duarte (ankle) both suffered injuries while starting pitcher Aaron Davenport exited early from Sunday’s victory with a shoulder issue. All three players are expected out for Tuesday’s game.

One player that will be available is junior catcher Tyler Murray. After missing the first ten games of the season while recovering from a fractured hand, the returning back-stop made his debut in the ninth inning of Sunday’s win. 

“I’ll be honest I was a little nervous out there because you know? First time being back since the injury, but I’ve been working hard. I’ve been working with the trainer a lot and we’ve been making progress really quick, ahead of schedule. It was supposed to be six weeks but we were trying to come back in three. That was my goal and it’s achieved,” Murray told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.

Murray says despite the team’s rough start of 2-5, he is very optimistic about the possibilities if the lineup and pitching staff can get back to full strength. 

“There’s a lot of good players on this team. A lot of new guys that came in with a lot of talent and what we have now if we can keep healthy, we’re going to make a run for it”

First pitch between the Rainbows and Lancers is set for 6:35pm at Les Murakami Stadium.

Dominic DeMiero will get the start. 

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