U H Hilo baseball player Casey Yamauchi

Former University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo shortstop Casey Yamauchi capped his collegiate career with Academic All-America Third Team honors. He was selected by the College Sports Communicators.

The recent UH Hilo graduate wrapped up a five-year career putting up a .404 batting average on 63 hits, 29 RBI and six home runs along with 50 runs scored, 23 walks, 23 steals and a .932 fielding percentage in 179 total chances. Yamauchi set several program career records including 240 hits, 147 runs, 49 doubles and 74 steals.

“Every year I just wanted to be better than I was the year before. It just so happens I got to break some records and win awards along the way,” Yamauchi said. “I was really hoping to just make playoffs more than anything, but I’m pretty happy and proud of myself. I didn’t just waste my time. I wanted to be the best person I could possibly be and I think this marks my work ethic.”

Yamauchi earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.74 with bachelor degrees in kinesiology and exercise sciences and communication.

Yamauchi was one of five players from the PacWest Conference who was voted to Academic All-American status and was previously selected to the Academic All-District Team along with Ryan Cho and James Yamasaki.

For more information go to hiloathletics.com.