It may look like a vacation, but the Bulls will have plenty of work to do in Hawaii this week.
One of six teams invited to the Rainbow Baseball Tournament in Honolulu, the USF baseball team will play five games in four days in the Aloha state.
Today, the Bulls face UC Davis (6-6) at 4:30 EST.
USF will then play a game on Wednesday, two on Friday and finish play on Saturday.
USF has never faced UC Davis, which is led offensively by infielder Daniel Descalso. The freshman is leading his team in batting average (.388), RBI (14), hits (19) and has the team’s only home run of the season.
The Bulls won’t have all day to relax on the beach, because they will have to face UC Davis pitcher Dave McKae. In 21 innings pitched this season, McKae (3-1) has struck out 21 batters and has an ERA of 1.66.
And if Cardieri decides to throw freshman Casey Hudspeth, expect a pitcher’s duel. Hudspeth (2-0) is coming off a dominating performance against Jacksonville in which he struck out nine without a walk.
USF’s opponent Wednesday, Louisiana-Lafayette (10-0), should be the Bulls’ toughest challenge. Ranked No. 21 in Baseball America’s most recent poll, Louisiana-Lafayette is undefeated and the only ranked team in the tournament.