Hawaii’s opponents in the 2015 Houston College Classic are finalized with the Rainbow Warriors playing Nebraska, Baylor and Houston in the annual six-team college baseball tournament at Minute Maid Park on March 6-8.
The Cornhuskers went 41-21 last year and made the Big Ten tournament final before they were eliminated by Cal State Fullerton in the Oklahoma State regional as the No. 2 seed. The Bears finished 26-31 after making a run to the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. Houston finished two wins shy of making the College World Series after posting a 48-18 record last season. The Cougars won the American Athletic Conference tournament and upset host LSU as the No. 2 seed in the Baton Rouge regional before losing twice to Texas in the super regional.
UH coach Mike Trapasso still hasn’t finalized the 2015 slate, which features home series against Oregon, Oklahoma and Hofstra and a road series at Pepperdine. UH’s bye week in the Big West Conference comes in the final week of the regular season. Arizona, which has a bye in Pac-12 play, is willing to host the Rainbow Warriors in a mini, three-team round-robin tournament that weekend, but Trapasso is currently trying to schedule enough midweek games while the team is already on the road to avoid having to travel the final weekend.
A maximum of 56 games is allowed. Hawaii has about “49 or 50” games done according to Trapasso, who said he’d be OK not playing the final week if he could get to 52 or 53. This is the first time since 2011 Hawaii will spend more than one weekend on the road in nonconference play. Trapasso has never played three different weekends on the road in non-league games while at UH.