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5 UH baseball players recognized by Big West


    Hawaii’s Jacob Sheldon-Collins (3) gets a hit in the seventh inning of the first game of a Michigan vs Hawaii double header baseball game at Les Murakami Stadium, on March 12.

Five Hawaii baseball players received honorable mention recognition today in the Big West.

Seniors Jacob Sheldon-Collins, Kyle Von Ruden, Cody Culp and Matt Valencia along with freshman Kekai Rios were honored by the conference.

Sheldon-Collins led the team in hitting with a .349 batting average. Rios hit .331 with eight doubles, a homer and 23 runs.

Von Ruden led the team in wins finishing 7-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 107 1/3 innings.

Matt Valencia finished with the best single-season ERA with at least 20 innings pitched in school history, going 3-2 with a 1.03 ERA and four saves. He struck out 29 in 26 1/3 innings and allowed an earned run in only two of his 21 appearances.

Culp’s 31 appearances are tied for the third-most by a UH player in a single season and he finished 3-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 50 innings pitched.

Hawaii finished in a tie for fourth place at 12-12 in conference play.

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