UH baseball coach Mike Trapasso announced that Dylan Thomas will be the Rainbow Warriors’ opening-night starting pitcher.
Thomas, a fourth-year junior, led the Big West with 14 saves last season.
He turned down an offer to sign with the Minnesota Twins this past summer to return to UH.
In preseason training, Thomas has cross-trained as a starter and reliever. He is averaging 60 pitches a session and is on track to reach the 90-pitch threshold for starting pitchers entering the season opener. Trapasso said Thomas has shown enough to merit the role as a Friday starter, the job reserved for an ace. Trapasso said the pre-conference schedule is an opportunity to experiment before heading into Big West play. Thomas can return to the bullpen if needed, Trapasso said.