Highly-anticipated encounters await Cal Softball in Honolulu

Cal heads to the Rainbow Wahine Classic to build on his win on Sunday after a three-game losing streak. Will Cal’s bats stay cold or will fans see a volcanic eruption from the Honolulu offensive?

The Bears’ next games begin Wednesday at beautiful Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium, where temperatures will range between 70 and 80 degrees with some clouds. These are beautiful conditions to play softball and will perfectly illuminate the packed competition and shine brightly on those who finish on top. On these partly cloudy and sunny days, Cal plays two games against Baylor, two games against Hawaii and one against Oklahoma.

The last time Cal played in Hawaii was in 2019, where the team defeated their competitors in the five games played. The Bears will have a chance to repeat history in Honolulu, but they’ll face some new teams who have an opportunity to make a statement against the blue-gold players.

In the first and third game of the week, Cal meets Baylor, who had a phenomenal start to the season with a 5-0 win. However, the team lost four in a row after that and currently has a record of 11-6. Cal last faced off against Baylor in Honolulu in 2016, where the latter clinched a 5-3 win, so it should be fascinating to see how these teams fare and which pack of bears emerge victorious when they return to Hawaii.

Cal will also play the University of Hawaii, a team the Bears defeated 14-0 in Honolulu three years ago. In 2022, Hawaii has a 5-5 record and is on a three-game win streak, posting a 0.500 win ratio after the season started 0-4. Will the team be able to capitalize on home field advantage, or will they suffer their sixth straight loss to Cal in the last eight years?

The third and most dangerous team against Cal is Oklahoma. The Sooners are red hot and mow down their opponents by a wide margin. They are yet to be beaten this season, going 15-0 and hitting double-digit runs in seven games they played.

In the only four matchups between the schools, Cal is 1-3, but these two teams haven’t faced each other in 10 years. The Bears’ offensive numbers were down this past weekend, going a total of 30 innings without goals in 35 innings played in five games while Oklahoma has 42 runs in its last five games.

If the Bears want a shot at beating the dominant Sooners in their matchup on Friday, they don’t have to take their foot off the accelerator and come out as peppy as they did at the DeMarini Invitational a week ago. However, if they bring the same energy as they did in San Diego, Oklahoma will benefit and potentially win by double digits.

This week’s games will be a perfect assessment for Cal to regain his footing and compete at the level it was at just over a week ago. The stretch of matchups will also serve as a heat check for Oklahoma to see if it can maintain a perfect record, both as a chance for Baylor to find some consistency and as a test for Hawaii to increase its .500 win ratio for the first time pass season.

Joshua Kamins covers softball. Contact him at [email protected].

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