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2 UH-Hilo Baseball Players Receive Post-Season Honors

May 17, 2022, 2:00 PM HST
* Updated May 17, 1:13 PM
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Two members of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Vulcans baseball team have earned post-season Pacific West Conference honors.

Joseph Gallagher, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Vulcans clean up batter this season, was voted the First Team All-PacWest designated hitter. (Photos courtesy of UH-Hilo)

Joseph Gallagher was voted the First Team All-PacWest designated hitter. Gallagher was the Vulcans clean up hitter, averaging .348 in the batter’s box this season with 57 hits, 13 doubles, one triple and six home runs, according to a press release from UH-Hilo. The 6-foot-4 transfer slugged .549, driving in 39 RBIs.

Gallagher had 17 multi-hit games and a season-high of five hits against Hawai‘i Pacific, where he went 5-for-6 at the plate.

Casey Yamauchi, a Hilo native and UH-Hilo’s starting shortstop and lead off batter this season, was voted the Third Team All-PacWest shortstop. He also was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America’s 2022 Academic All-District Baseball Team.

Casey Yamauchi, UH-Hilo’s starting shortstop and lead off hitter, was voted the Third Team All-PacWest shortstop. Yamauchi had the highest batting average in the PacWest at .403 and the least amount of strikeouts with seven, according to the press release. He had 26 multi-hit games this season, three with four hits. His .403 batting average was composed of 75 hits, a PacWest-leading 21 doubles and he had one triple.

Yamauchi, a Hilo native, slugged .527 this year, scoring 46 times and driving in 21 RBIs. He also was part of 21 double plays and ended the season with a .941 fielding percentage.

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The junior infielder also was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America’s 2022 Academic All-District Baseball Team. He has a 3.70 grade point average in his double major of kinesiology and communications.

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Yamauchi was one of 12 players from the NCAA Division II West Region named to the all-district team. The honor makes him eligible for Academic All-American consideration later this month; only two UH-Hilo athletes have received CoSIDA All-American honors in the past.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pounder Yamauchi leads the PacWest in batting average and in doubles, ranking 13th in the country in the latter, according to a press release.

The Vulcans finished 27-19 overall and 15-17 in the PacWest this season, putting them in sixth place in league standings.

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