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UH-Hilo’s Lee named PacWest Pitcher of the Year

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Kekoa Lee’s selection as the Pacific West Conference Pitcher of the Year lead’s the post-season recognition for the University of Hawaii at Hilo as the Vulcans landed six All-PacWest selections, including three on the First Team and three more on the Second Team.

In addition to earning Pitcher of the Year honors, Lee also was named All-PacWest First Team as a hurler and claimed All-PacWest Second Team accolades as a DH. In 2009 he was a First Team pitcher.

This season Lee was terrific on the mound. He posted a 2-2 record with a 2.76 ERA in seven starts, registering 42 strikeouts in 42.1 innings of action. He permitted just 13 earned runs and 17 walks during the year while giving up just four extra-base hits.

At the plate Lee hit .325 in 45 games and 44 starts. He went 49 for 151 with 32 runs scored, 14 doubles, 33 RBI, 19 walks, a .450 slugging percentage and a .408 on-base mark. He tied for third in the PacWest in doubles.

UHH sophomore 3B Jonathan James (Honolulu, HI/Kamehameha-Kapalama) and senior OF Keoni Manago (Honolulu, HI/Roosevelt) claimed All-PacWest First Team accolades, while senior SS Bryan Patterson (Hilo, HI/Hilo) and sophomore pitcher Chris Pascual (Kapolei, HI/Kamehameha-Kapalama) were named to the Second Team.

Manago wraps up his career with three straight All-PacWest First Team selections, the 2008 Freshman of the Year honor, the 2009 Player of the Year award, and the 2010 Co-Player of the Year plaque.

This season he led the PacWest in hitting with a .394 average, going 65 for 165 with 41 runs, 14 doubles, three triples, three homers, 25 RBI, 94 total bases, a .570 slugging rate, a .457 on-base average and 19 walks in 43 games and 42 starts.

In addition to being the batting champion of the PacWest, he ranked third in slugging, fourth in on-base percentage, second in base hits, third in runs scored, tied for third in doubles, tied for second in triples, tied for second in home runs, and ranked second in total bases.

James, meanwhile, had a breakout season even though his numbers may have been overshadowed by Manago’s offense. He finished fifth in batting in the PacWest after hitting .356 in 41 games and 37 starts. He went 48 for 135 with 19 runs, 20 RBI and a .439 on-base average.

Patterson hit .301 in 46 games and 45 starts, producing 41 hits, 28 runs, 30 RBI, four doubles, 23 walks and a .420 on-base mark.

Pascual went 2-2 on the mound with two saves and a 3.49 ERA in 13 appearances and two starts. He struck out 42 in 38.2 innings of action, allowing just 15 walks, 15 earned runs and a .223 opponent’s batting average.

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