Dylan Thomas is one of the best pitchers the University of Hawaii baseball program has ever had. Sunday was, in his words “more than likely” his last home game playing for the ‘Bows.
The redshirt-junior closer from Valencia, California racked in numerous awards last season including being named to the All-Big West first team. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 38th round of the Major League Baseball draft but elected to stay at UH for another season. It’s a safe bet that he gets drafted again this year.
Thomas has the 30th best ERA in Division 1 this season. He’s had a great career. But his first time on the hill at Les Murakami Stadium was not a sign of things to come.
“I’ll never forget my first outing here at the Les. NC State, I gave up two home runs on the first inning that I threw. I’ll definitely never live that down,” remembered Thomas after Sunday’s senior day extra inning loss to UCSB. “Over the years tons of guys have been in and out. I’ve made tons of connections. Friends family we’re going to be brothers for life I think, a lot of us. It’s just been a rough ride this year but I mean I’m super thankful for everything that I’ve had and all the fans and everything that we’ve been a part of. It’s something else to play here. Emotions are definitely high. Whenever I step up on the bump I get cheers, standing ovations towards the end of a game. There’s not really anything like that feeling and I think that I’ll cherish these moments for life. I’ll always look back at the fan base that’s here. Everybody here is just awesome. I really, really appreciate all the fans. It’s been a really fun four years so I’m extremely happy and thankful that I get to experience it.”
With 27 for his career, Thomas is two saves away from breaking the University of Hawaii’s saves record. He’ll have three games to do it. The ‘Bows will be on the road next weekend at Long Beach State for the last series of the season.