For this season’s only preconference road trip, the University of Hawaii baseball team took 27 players, a run-thrifty pitching staff, and pretty-please wishes for a struggling offense.
The Rainbow Warriors were scheduled to depart Monday night for an ambitious week in Minnesota. The ’Bows will play Minnesota twice — in a standalone game on Thursday and in the second round of the Dairy Queen Classic on Saturday. Minnesota was the 2016 Big Ten champion. Oral Roberts, which swept Alabama this past weekend, and Iowa, which was host to an NCAA regional two years ago, are the other tournament teams.
“It’s going to be a great trip,” UH coach Mike Trapasso said.
There is no travel-roster limit for nonconference games. But partially for economic reasons, UH brought 27 players, the Big West limit.
The UH travel squad includes three players who did not play in Sunday’s game against San Francisco because of ailments. Outfielders Marcus Doi and Adam Fogel are recovering from hamstring issues. First baseman Eric Ramirez experienced a…