Two University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo pitchers that earned two wins each against defending PacWest champions have been named the UH Hilo Pepsi Athletes of the Week for the first week of March.
Brandyn Lee-Lehano, an ace middle reliever for the Vulcans, made his first start in over two seasons and helped the Vulcans earn a split with defending PacWest champion Azusa Pacific. In the series opener, Lee-Lehano served as the UH Hilo set-up man by pitching 1.2 innings of shutout relief, allowing no runs and one hit. He got the win in a 8-5 victory. The following day, he got the call to start and worked eight solid innings, allowing just three hits against the potent Cougar offense and just one earned run. He walked two and struck out five before handing the ball to closer John Kea for the second straight night.
Senior right-handed pitcher Valerie Alvarado made No. 8 nationally ranked Concordia look almost ordinary during two wins over the Eagles last week. She shut out the defending PacWest champions twice, pitching a total of 12 innings without allowing a run or a walk. She gave up just six hits total. In the series opener, she tossed a seven-inning two-hit shutout. In Friday’s game, her offense got her eight runs and she needed only five innings to shut down the Eagles. It was just the second and third time all season that Concordia has been shutout.