University of Hawaii relief pitcher Dylan Thomas, shortstop Maaki Yamazaki and catcher Kekai Rios today were named to the All-Big West first team for baseball.
Third baseman Ethan Lopez was selected to the second team. Outfielder Adam Fogel received honorable mention.
Thomas, a third-year sophomore, amassed 14 saves, fourth-most nationally and No. 1 among Big West pitchers. Thomas finished with 1.85 earned-run average. He averaged 9.9 strikeouts and 0.92 walks per nine innings. Thomas did not issue a walk until his 20th appearance. He ended with four walks in 39 innings.
Two years ago, Yamazaki, a Japan citizen, approached UH coach Mike Trapasso about joining the Rainbow Warriors as a non-scholarship player. Yamazaki redshirted in 2017 while trying to accumulate enough credits to qualify for NCAA-playing eligibility. This season, as a junior, Yamazaki stabilized the defense with standout plays at short. Yamazaki led the ’Bows with a .325 average.
Rios, a junior, was selected to the Big West team as a utility player. Rios played 14 games at third base after Lopez suffered a wrist injury in mid-March. Rios hit .241 in the first 17 games, but then batted .318 in 24 Big West games. He finished with a .270 overall average.
Lopez, a junior, hit .279 despite the wrist ailment. In the final series of the season, Lopez went 7-for-12 (.583) against UC Santa Barbara.
Fogel, a sophomore, led the ’Bows in home runs (8), triples (2), doubles (17), RBI (37), and slugging percentage (.526).