HONOLULU – Senior pitcher Matt Cooper has been named to NCAA.com’s Players of the Week list. The national honor is the first such recognition for the Rainbow Warrior baseball program and comes after Cooper was named Big West Pitcher of the Week for the second time.
Cooper delivered a memorable outing in the series opener. He dominated the Wave lineup with a three-hit complete-game shutout while equaling a career-high 10 strikeouts and allowing no bases on balls. The last Hawai’i pitcher to post a 10-strikeout shutout was Jared Alexander in 2008.
The impressive performance lifted the ‘Bows to a 2-0 win as UH went on to earn a series split against Pepperdine.
The stellar showing also extended his streak of 21 innings to start the season without allowing an earned run. Overall all he is 2-0 in three starts with four unearned runs on 11 hits and has 18 strikeouts.
The Rainbow Warriors hit the road this week for the first time. UH takes on Texas in a four-game series beginning on Friday, Mar. 7.
*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*