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Former Arizona infielder Kyson Donahue commits to Hawaii

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Kyson Donahue couldn’t break into Arizona’s everyday lineup during his three seasons, prompting him to be one of the first Wildcats to enter the NCAA transfer portal after the season ended.

He’s hoping there’s a better opportunity closer to home, as the Honolulu native has committed to play at Hawaii in 2022.

Donahue appeared in 20 games at Arizona, starting eight times at shortstop in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. This past spring he played in 11 games, scoring three runs with a double and an RBI.

Hawaii will be under the guidance of a new coach in 2022 in Rich Hill, who was previously head coach at San Diego. Former UA coach Jay Johnson was an assistant under Hill from 2006-13.

Donahue is the third UA player to commit elsewhere for next season. Pitcher/1B TJ Curd, who redshirted in 2021 as a freshman, is headed to Jacksonville, and DH/3B Jacob Berry followed Johnson to LSU.

Arizona still has 17 other players in the transfer portal, though that includes some (like outfielder Ryan Holgate and first baseman Branden Boissiere) who are expected to get drafted and turn pro.