DAVIS, Calif. -- Junior Orlando Razo's stellar pitching performance to earn UC Davis a game two victory over conference rival Cal Poly at Raley Field on Friday night clinched the left-hander's second Big West Conference pitcher of the week award of the season the league office announced on Monday morning.
Razo, who earned his first career conference weekly honor back on Feb. 27 following a Division I era record 13 strikeouts against Utah Valley, became only the second Aggie hurler to earn weekly honors twice in the same season, joining former UC Davis standout Dayne Quist, who was named the pitcher of the week on March 19 and April 16 of 2012.
The San Mateo, Calif., native stymied the Mustangs' bats on Saturday in a showcase game at Raley Field, tossing a complete-game two-hit shutout, striking out 10 and retiring 15 consecutive batters at one point before allowing his first hit of the game with two outs in the sixth inning. Razo, who improved to 4-2 overall with the win, fanned at least one batter in eight of the nine innings, allowing only an infield single in the ninth for Cal Poly's only other hit of the game and stranding six base runners for the game -- three of those in scoring position.
It was the second complete game by an Aggie pitcher this season, coming a mere four days after teammate Matt Blais went the distance in a one-hitter on the road at Sacramento State, while Razo's gem was the first complete-game shutout for a UC Davis pitcher since Harry Stanwyck scattered seven hits and struck out four in a 2-0 win at Pacific on May 10, 2013.
Razo enters the week ranked No. 8 in the Big West in batting average against (.234) and strikeouts (46), while also standing tied for seventh in wins.
UC Davis returns to the diamond on Tuesday (April 18) at 2:30 p.m. with a mid-week battle against Nevada at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium before hitting the road this coming weekend for a three-game series at Hawai'i beginning Friday (April 21) at 9:35 p.m. PT.
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