IRVINE, Calif.—University of Hawai'i right-handed pitcher Tyler Brashears garnered his first career honor from the Big West Conference on Monday, named Big West Pitcher of the Week by conference officials in recognition of his effort to shut out then-No. 7 UC Santa Barbara.
A junior from Lake Forest, California, Brashears was a steady force in Saturday's pitching duel between the Rainbow Warriors and highly-touted Gauchos. Brashears handcuffed the conference's top offense in a 1-0 victory, holding the Gauchos to just .120 hitting in the game, striking out five to maintain the shutout.
He went 7.2 scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits and one walk, and a sixth-inning ‘Bows score held up for the right-hander, who maneuvered out a bases loaded jam in the top of the sixth, as UH defeated its highest ranked opponent since topping No. 4 Cal State Fullerton in 2013.
For his effort, Brashears lowered his ERA to 1.97, which is the fourth best in the Big West.
He is the first Rainbow Warriors player to earn conference weekly honors this season.
Hawai'i heads out for the longest stretch of the season on the road, facing Big West foes Long Beach State and UC Riverside in consecutive weeks. The series opener at LBSU is set for Friday at 6:00 p.m. PT (3:00 p.m. HT). The game is initially scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN Honolulu 1420 AM, but will move over to NBC Sports 1500 AM if the men's volleyball team advances in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) semifinal.