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Hawaii’s Thomas named Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year

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    Hawaii pitcher Dylan Thomas was named Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year.

University of Hawaii pitcher Dylan Thomas woke up to a dream.

Thomas was awakened from a nap today to learn he had been named the Big West Conference’s Freshman Pitcher of the Year.

“It’s a huge honor to wake up to that,” Thomas said. “It feels great, honestly. I have no words to express it except ‘thankfulness.’ Everyone has been huge in my life to get me to where I am right now.”

Thomas’ struggles with his pitch command led to redshirting in 2016. This past season, he relied on a fastball and slider to go 9-for-9 in save opportunities. He had a 2.01 earned-run average in 17 appearances.

“To go from one extreme to the other was pretty impressive,” coach Mike Trapasso said of Thomas.

Right-handed pitcher Brendan Hornung and third baseman Josh Rojas were named to the All-Big West second team.

Thomas, outfielders Adam Fogel and Dylan Vchulek, and reliever Casey Ryan received honorable mention.

“I was hoping a couple guys wold be on the first team, but I’m happy for all our guys,” Trapasso said. “All the guys deserve all the credit.”

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