Five UH Baseball players earn All-Big West Honors
UH baseball earned a number of accolades with the All-Big West announcement on Wednesday highlighted by Maaki Yamazaki repeating as a First Team selection and Scotty Scott earning Big West Freshman Field Player of the Year.
(Hawaii Athletics) - University of Hawai'i baseball earned a number of accolades with the All-Big West announcement on Wednesday highlighted by Maaki Yamazaki repeating as a First Team selection and Scotty Scott earning Big West Freshman Field Player of the Year. Ethan Lopez and Dylan Thomas secured Second Team accolades, while Scott and Alex Baeza took home Honorable Mention recognition.
Yamazaki – a senior in 2019 - was voted First Team All-Big West for utility after starting 37 games at shortstop, six as the designated hitter and two at second base. Yamazaki, who was a First Team All-Big West shortstop a year ago, is the first Rainbow Warrior to earn First Team All-Conference in consecutive seasons since Kolten Wong secured First Team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2010 and 2011.
As a senior, the Tokyo, Japan native hit .308 with five doubles, two home runs, 24 RBIs and 27 runs scored. He was third on the team with 15 multi-hit games and was tied for second with six multi-RBI games. He finished his two-year career at UH with an overall batting average of .316.
Scott is the second UH player to earn a Big West honor since entering the league prior to the start of the 2013 season, joining 2017 Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year Dylan Thomas. The last time UH took home a Freshman of the Year award for a field player was 2009 when Kolten Wong won WAC Freshman of the Year.
Scott, who led off in all 50 games on the year, also won Honorable Mention All-Big West as an outfielder. Finishing with a .291 average, the freshman from Houston, Texas led the 'Bows with 59 hits, 203 at-bats, four triples, 25 walks and 36 runs scored.
For the second-consecutive season, Lopez took home Second Team All-Big West honors at third base. The senior from Whittier, Calif. led Hawai'i in a number of statistical categories, including home runs (5), RBIs (44), total bases (82) and doubles (13). He finished the season with a .258 batting average and a .423 slugging percentage.
Thomas takes All-Big West honors for the third year in a row after securing Honorable Mention and Freshman Pitcher of the Year in 2017 and First Team accolades in 2018. The redshirt junior has put together one of the top pitching careers in UH history, currently ranking second for career ERA (1.96) and career saves (27). In 2019, Thomas put up a 2.01 ERA with four saves and a 4-4 record while leading the team with 59 strikeouts in 53.2 innings pitched. In Big West play, Thomas had a 1.14 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.
Baeza was a mainstay at first base throughout the season, appearing in 49 games with 48 starts. The redshirt sophomore hit .278 and was second on the team in both home runs (4) and RBIs (27). The sure-handed first baseman made just two errors and had a .996 fielding percentage. It is his first career Big West honor.