Warrior Beat: Finish to start

Dylan Thomas will be the starting pitcher in the third game of the four-game series against Ohio State/File photo by Bruce Asato

Baseball coach Mike Trapasso has a unique dilemma: His best pitcher is his best starter and best reliever.

His solution is to try to use Dylan Thomas in a closer’s role in the first two games of a series. If situations dictate that Thomas does not appear in those two games, he starts in the third.

And that’s why Thomas will start in Saturday’s third game of the four-game series against Ohio State. The Rainbow Warriors dropped the first two games in Columbus, Ohio.

“The preference is (Thomas) gets the save in Game 1 and Game 2 (of a three-game series),” Trapasso said. “But that’s not where we are today. … I don’t want my best pitcher sitting in the bullpen and not pitching.”

Even though this is a four-game series, Trapasso views it as a three-game set, with Sunday’s fourth game as a bonus. The approach is in preparation for Big West play, which opens next weekend. In the Big West, all series are three games each.

Trapasso said he wanted to use Thomas on Saturday because it will give him enough rest before Friday’s Big West opener against UC Irvine. For that upcoming series, the same plan will be in place: Thomas will be a reliever in the first two games, and if he’s not used, he starts the third game.

Aaron Davenport will be available as a reliever on Saturday, and if he’s not used, he will start on Sunday.


  1. NorthShoreFan March 22, 2019 8:40 pm

    I just hope we don’t over use him or under utilize his talent. At the ML level, where would he fit? Starter? Relief?
    I’d like to see him groomed for his potential at the next level.

  2. ai-eee-soos March 23, 2019 12:41 am


  3. burro sabio March 23, 2019 10:46 am

    Women’s Basketball finished well after a rocky start. Congrats to them and best wishes to the Seniors.

  4. winning March 23, 2019 11:32 am

    UH coaches better get on their sticks and RECRUIT !! THAT GOES FOR OUR AD !! RECRUIT DONORS TOO. I MEAN WHAT HAS HE DONE LATELY?? There are no reports to the like. UH ATHLETICS NEEDS MONEY PERIOD !!!!

  5. Stephen Tsai March 23, 2019 3:03 pm

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=49237

Comments are closed.