‘Bows Vchulek boosts team with leading batting average, winning smile

Dylan Vchulek

The University of Hawaii baseball team will put its six-game winning streak on the line this week when the Rainbow Warriors host a four-game series against Big Ten’s Indiana starting Wednesday.

It’s a quick turnaround following a four-game sweep of Sacred Heart on Sunday. The ‘Bows are eager to get back into the batters box after plating 24 runs in the four games against the Pioneers.

Setting the tone for Hawaii’s offensive explosion was lead-off hitter, junior outfielder Dylan Vchulek. In the series, he went 6 for 18 with four runs and two doubles, taking his batting average to a team-leading .360 with 11 runs and five stolen bases.

“It’s really important for our team to continue to know what we’re good at and execute, and that’s going to get us a lot of runs over the course of the season,” said Vchulek. “I think that our offense through and through, one through nine, we have the ability to really score some runs. I really think so.”

Dylan Vchulek greets a young fan after the Rainbow Warrior baseball team’s victory over Sacred Heart on March 12, 2017

According to his teammates, the Bainbridge Island, Wash. native does a lot more as a lead-off hitter than just work the count and get on base. He brings an attitude to the ball park that is irreplaceable in the lineup.

“We owe a lot to Dylan Vchulek,” said third baseman Josh Rojas. “He holds his composure out on the field pretty well, but in the locker room, that guy is just a ball of energy every time he comes out here, and that’s the biggest thing. The biggest thing is when you’re down, you just look for other guys to pick you up.”

“I think it’s just bringing a positive approach to the game,” Vchulek said, “enjoying that we’re out here together. We’re brothers. I really appreciate hearing that from him because, you know, I’m always going to bring a smile. There’s always going to be a smile on my face, and I think that’s a big thing. I think that if you’re smiling, it’s contagious, and that’s the honest truth.”

The Rainbow Warriors will attempt to follow Vchulek’s smile into their series with Indiana this week.

The first pitch to the series opener is set for Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. at Les Murakami Stadium.

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