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.”