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Soup and Sweetness

By Dave Reardon on August 11, 2017

When they were among the best high school baseball players in Seattle in the early 1980s, pitcher Mike Campbell was known as “Soup” for the obvious reason and shortstop Chuck Jackson got the nickname of “Sweetness” for his smooth fielding skills. They both went to the University of Hawaii and make any list of all-time Rainbow greats. Thirty years ago they both achieved their dream and debuted in the Major Leagues. But players starting their big league careers in the […]

‘Bows led NCAA in fewest walks allowed

By Stephen Tsai on July 1, 2017

One of the things baseball coaches and beat writers have in common is an affinity for pitchers who throw strikes. (Reporters with tight deadlines also appreciate quarterbacks who don’t throw incompletions, point guards who don’t foul, especially in four-possession games in the final minute,and soccer players who don’t do the worm-like-injury dance after being kicked in the shin.) And that’s why there’s great appreciation for the ‘Bows’ 2017 pitching staff, which led the nation in fewest walks allowed this season. […]

Ryan to Cubs, Rojas to Astros

By Stephen Tsai on June 14, 2017

On Day 3 of the MLB Draft, two former UH baseball players were selected. Reliever Casey Ryan was picked by the Chicago Cubs in the 18th round; third baseman Josh Rojas was taken by the Houston Astros in the 26th round. The Major League Baseball draft continues today. Here are players selected with Hawaii ties: > Hilo High pitcher Joseph Jarneski, 12th round by Texas Rangers. Jarneski said he will forgo college and sign with the Rangers. > Hawaii recruit […]

Thomas wins Big West freshman honor

By Stephen Tsai on May 31, 2017

A year ago, Dylan Thomas struggled with his pitch command, leading to being redshirted in 2016. Thomas conquered his control and season-long back issues to convert all nine of his save opportunities this season. Today, Thomas was named the Big West Conference’s freshman pitcher of the year. “It’s a huge honor to wake up to that,” said Thomas, who was awakened from a nap to learn of the award. Thomas had a 2.01 earned-run average in 17 appearances. Starting pitcher […]

Graduation morning

By Stephen Tsai on May 13, 2017

Here are images from the first of two UH graduation ceremonies today:

Worlds collide

By Stephen Tsai on March 30, 2017

It’s been five years, but it still feels strange that Hawaii, outside of football, is not in the same conference as Fresno State, Nevada or San Jose State. It also doesn’t seem right that UH has less equity than those other schools in the Mountain West because of its football-only affiliation. It would be interesting if UH’s men’s teams competed in the Mountain West while the women remain in the Big West (sort of how it was done a long […]

Lopez part of exciting future

By Billy Hull on May 24, 2016

UH freshman Ethan Lopez has been a force at the plate since getting regular playing time.