‘Bows ace Matt Cooper named to BWC second team

Matt Cooper // Hawaii Athletics
Matt Cooper // Hawaii Athletics

IRVINE, Calif. – The Big West all-conference baseball honors were handed out on Tuesday with University of Hawai’i Rainbow Warrior pitcher Matt Cooper named to the second team and Kaeo Aliviado and Marc Flores garnering honorable mention honors. The postseason awards were voted on by the league’s nine coaches.

Cooper had a stellar season for the ‘Bows. He finished with 106 strikeouts, becoming just the 14th pitcher in program history to record 100 strikeouts in a season. His final ERA of 1.60 also put him in rarified air as only two other Hawai’i starting pitchers posted a higher single-season ERA. He was named to the NCAA’s player of the week list earlier this season after a three-hit shutout against Pepperdine.

Aliviado earned his first all-conference honor after leading the ‘Bows with a .310 batting average. He had a career-high four hits this season against UC Irvine and picked up the pace late with a trio of three-hit games in May, the last against Long Beach State.

Flores led the Rainbow Warriors and tied for fourth in the Big West with five homeruns. Flores was lights out earlier this season at then-No. 10 UC Santa Barbara, logging a career-high four hits in game two of the series then driving home a career-best four runs in the finale. He was also second on the team with a .305 batting average and ranked in the Big West’s top 10 in slugging percentage (.458).

The ‘Bows (22-31, 6-18 Big West) closed the season winning two of three games against UC Riverside at Les Murakami Stadium, with Cooper equaling a career-high 11 strikeouts in the season-finale win.


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