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Big West honors Hawaii's Cooper

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:26 a.m. HST, Mar 3, 2014

Hawaii senior Matt Cooper was named the Big West pitcher of the week on Monday after tossing a three-hit shutout against Pepperdine last Wednesday.

Cooper (2-0) was masterful against the Waves, striking out 10 and walking none to pitch his second career complete game shutout. He threw 83 of his 107 pitches for strikes and allowed only one Pepperdine baserunner to reach second base.

The right-hander struck out the side in the ninth to record Hawaii's first shutout with at least 10 strikeouts since Jared Alexander in 2008. He has not allowed an earned run this season and owns a career 1.60 ERA in 73 innings at Les Murakami Stadium.

Hawaii finished 6-6 on its season-opening homestand. The Rainbow Warriors head to Texas to play the 15th-ranked Longhorns in a four-game series starting Friday.

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