Five Rainbow Warriors earn conference honors

Five Rainbow Warriors earn conference honors

IRVINE, Calif. - Five University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors baseball players garnered all-conference honors, officials from the Big West Conference announced on Tuesday. Highlighting the group, right-handed pitcher Tyler Brashears was named to the first team All-Big West, while left-handed reliever Quintin Torres-Costa was on the second team. Jacob Sheldon-Collins, Alex Sawelson and Andrew Jones also received honorable mention. The postseason Big West awards were voted on by the league's nine coaches.

A junior for the Rainbow Warriors, Brashears earns his first All-Big West nod, debuting on the first team after finishing 8-5 with a 1.86 ERA-the second best ERA in the conference regular season standings. The Lake Forest, California native struck out 68 batters in 101.2 innings of work, while walking just 19. He was a particularly notable force against Big West foes, earning wins in five of his eight conference starts with a 1.59 Big West ERA, and held conference batters to .225 hitting.

Twice named Big West Pitcher of the Week, Brashears is the first player to be named for this Big West honor since Hawai'i joined the league. The previous first-teamer was Pi'ikea Kitamura in 2012.

Also receiving high praise for his relief efforts was UH closer Torres-Costa. The Hilo native redshirt sophomore ended the season on an absolute tear as a reliever, going 22 total innings without a run allowed-not a single score allowed to a Big West opponent through 18.1 innings. He also secured eight (8) saves to rank fourth in BWC standings and combined on three shutouts, allowing only nine (9) hits and nine (9) walks, and striking out 31 batters as a reliever. It is also his first time receiving conference honors.

Jacob Sheldon-Collins picks up his first accolades from the BWC, receiving honorable mention after catching fire at the plate down the stretch to finish the season leading Hawai'i with a .295 average, including a .316 average against Big West foes. The junior shortstop from Melbourne, Victoria collected six (6) doubles, two (2) triples and batted in 11 runs, scoring 24 of his own. In his final 12 games of the year, Sheldon-Collins tallied 19 hits.

It was hard to miss his presence in the middle infield, registering a .967 fielding percentage, leading the team in assists (186) and contributing to 38 double plays, courtesy of several highlight-reel plays.

Another first-time honoree, Studio City, Calif. designated hitter Alex Sawelson received honorable mention. As a leader at the plate much of the conference slate, Sawelson batted .303 against BWC opponents. Hitting .262 overall, the junior recorded eight (8) doubles and a triple, batting in 20 runs and scoring 15.

Finally, outgoing senior reliever Andrew Jones finished with a 1-1 record and 2.20 ERA against Big West opponents, garnering honorable mention. Also from Melbourne, Jones proved a crucial middle reliever as the 'Bows went on a six-game road win streak down the stretch. Overall, the left-hander struck out 33 batters in 38 innings on the mound, across 19 total appearances, including a pair of starts.

The University of Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors finished with a 12-12 Big West record, marking the first .500 finish since joining the league. Overall, UH registered a record of 21-32