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'Bows slugger Ka'aua named Big West Conference Player of the Week

Helping the Rainbow Warriors to a four-game sweep of Illinois State over the weekend, University of Hawai'i baseball catcher/designated hitter Chayce Ka'aua was named the Big West Player of the Week, officials from the conference office announced on Monday.

A Hilo, Hawai'i redshirt senior, Ka'aua earns his first career Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week Award after hitting a team-leading .462 (6-for-13) with two runs scored and six RBI against the Redbirds, splitting time as designated hitter and catcher for the Rainbow Warriors. He had at least one hit in all four games and finished the week with an on-base percentage of .500.

Ka'aua helped the Rainbow Warriors overcome a three-run deficit in game two of the series with a 2-RBI single to center field, helping UH to an eventual 7-6 victory. Opening up the third game, Ka'aua also registered a base-clearing 3-run double into left center to catapult UH to an early 3-0 lead. Later that game, he posted his career-best fourth RBI of the game in the sixth inning with a single as UH won 7-3. He singled and walked in the series finale, a 7-6 UH comeback triumph.

Defensively, Ka'aua added five putouts and an assist as the catcher in the third game.

The first for Ka'aua, this is the second weekly conference honor for Hawai'i this season, as right-handed pitcher Logan Pouelsen was named Big West Pitcher of the Week on March 5. 

Coming off the four-game victory run, the Rainbow Warriors close out the home non-conference slate this weekend. Leading the Big West with a 12-6 record, Hawai'i will square off with Seton Hall out of the Big East Conference from Friday to Monday, March 23-26 at Les Murakami Stadium.

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