For the baseball team at the University of Hawaii, the abrupt end of the 2020 season came when the Rainbow Warriors were 11-6 and on track to have their best season in almost a decade.
By that time, sophomore starter Aaron Davenport had established himself as the team’s ace, going 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA. As disappointing as it may have been for both Davenport and the team to see what the rest of the 2020 season had in store, Davenport went home to Washington and never stopped working.
In turn, Davenport has not stopped winning, since ‘Bows’ has won in all four of his starts in 2021 so far. Davenport has been dominant with 37 strikes in 27 innings to go with 1.67 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. In addition, a tweet of his evil curveball went viral during a 13-strikeout appearance against Hawaii Pacific on March 5.
On top of his workouts outside his home in Washington, Davenport gained 15 pounds of muscle last fall.
“I have always been able to throw deep into games, but I think one of my most difficult courses last week was 100th just when I rewatched the game I noticed it, ”said Davenport. “Therefore, I think I have had a lot of success in that regard, cardio is mixed with weight training, and I try to keep everything well balanced. Do not do too much cardio while training my muscles, do not lift where I lose the range of motion, but somehow find a happy medium for all this and just keep me well rounded. “
Davenport’s work ethic has spread to the rest of the UH baseball team, which has a burning 11-3 start, including 3-1 in conference play after a league win over Long Beach State last weekend. Head coach Mike Trapasso the hardest worker on the team, regardless of position.
“He is the hardest worker in our team. Period, ”said Trapasso. Boxes, position players, I do not think anyone works harder than him, and it is obviously important due to the fact that when you play a series of four games, it is important that you get a quality start the first pair of games for no other reason than saving the bull to try to win the next two games, and he’s a tireless worker, and it’s only in this early part of the season he has shown what hard work can do, and I have always believed that trust is a by-product. of hard work, and he has the confidence that he is ready to accept all challengers. ”
As the team’s No. 1 starts, Fridays have become Davenport’s days to take the mound for UH this season. It’s a challenge he embraces and welcomes, knowing that every series for the Rainbow Warriors begins with him on the bump.
“I think the first game definitely sets the tone for a series, and I think everyone has a mindset that we’re coming out ready to roll,” said Davenport. Personally, I love getting the rock game one because I trust my stuff, my coach trusts me and my team trusts me, I love it. I love it and I trust our bullpen 100 percent, so I know that if I can enable them to succeed, they will close the door, they will get that win. “