DAVIS, Calif. -- In helping his team to its fourth Big West Conference series victory of the season, UC Davis senior right-hander Justin Mullins was named the league's pitcher of the week on Monday afternoon after a stellar shutout performance against UC Riverside.
The honor is the first of Mullins' career as he joins fellow pitchers Orlando Razo (Feb. 27 and April 17) and Robert Garcia (May 8) as those Aggie hurlers honored by the league this season. It marks only the second time in the program's Division I history that three different UC Davis pitchers have had weekly honors from the conference office bestowed upon them in the same year, joining Eddie Gamboa (April 21), Brad McAtee (April 28), and Andy Suiter (May 5), in the 2008 campaign.
A native of Napa, Calif., Mullins combined on a four-hit shutout of the Highlanders in a 2-0 win in game two to clinch the series, tossing 8.1 scoreless innings while allowing just four hits and striking out a season-high six in the win. The six strikeouts were the most since he compiled the same number in a win at Sacramento State on May 10, 2016.
Saturday's performance was the longest outing of Mullins' career, holding Riverside to a .148 average in the game and retiring 11 consecutive Highlander hitters at one point. He stranded seven runners on the day -- three of those in scoring position, including a runner at third in the third inning of a scoreless contest -- en route to his second win in as many starts, lowering his season ERA by more than a run during that stretch.
Standing at 3-3 overall with a team-best .251 average against, Mullins and the Aggies return to the diamond with a mid-week game at Nevada on Tuesday (May 16) at 6 p.m., before hosting Grand Canyon in their final home series of the season beginning Thursday (May 18) at Phil Swimley Field at Dobbins Stadium.