DAVIS, Calif. -- Junior outfielder Ryan Hooper was named to the All-Big West Conference second team, while pitchers Orlando Razo and Justin Mullins picked up honorable mention awards as the conference office announced its postseason honor roll as voted upon by the coaches on Monday.
Hooper wrapped up a career year for the Aggies in 2017, batting .310 in 48 games with 30 runs scored, eight doubles, six home runs and 29 RBI. He also ranked third in the Big West at the end of the regular season after being hit by a pitch 13 times, while his .345 average, .583 slugging, and .424 on-base percentage in conference games all ranked among the top 10 in the league.
The Moraga, Calif., native finished with 14 multi-hit games -- including a career-high four hits in the season finale at UC Irvine -- to stand third on the team in that category, while his eight multi-RBI games were second on the squad. At one point on the year, Hooper hit in 10 consecutive games from April 13-May 2, batting .429 (15-for-35), with nine runs scored and 10 RBI.
After having missed the better part of the last two seasons due to injury, junior left-hander Razo returned to the UC Davis rotation to pick up his first career all-conference honor, finishing 5-4 with a 4.21 ERA on the mound, leading the Aggies with 92 innings and 82 strikeouts -- the latter marking the most by a UC Davis pitcher since Dayne Quist struck out 85 in 2012 -- while holding opposing hitters to a .253 average.
Twice named the Big West Pitcher of the Week, the San Mateo, Calif., native finished seventh in the league in strikeouts -- including a Division I era single-game mark of 13 against Utah Valley on Feb. 25 -- while ranking among the top 10 in opposing batting average (eighth), batters struck out looking (sixth), and innings (seventh). He also tossed a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in a win over Cal Poly on April 14 at Raley Field.
Mullins wrapped up his final season as an Aggie with a 4-3 mark on the mound and a team-best 3.55 ERA, limiting opposing batters to a stingy .242 average -- which ranked seventh in the league -- in 83.2 innings of work. The Napa, Calif., native was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week on May 15 after throwing 8.1 innings of shutout baseball in a win over UC Riverside, striking out a season-high six in the process, and followed that up by allowing just one run on six hits in his first career complete game against Grand Canyon on May 19.
UC Davis finished the season with a 21-30 overall record and a 10-14 mark in Big West play, tying for fifth in the league standings with Hawai'i, but taking 2-of-3 from the Rainbow Warriors during the regular season -- one of four series wins for the Aggies along with CSUN, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Riverside. The Big West finish was the best by a UC Davis squad since the Aggies finished fifth with a 12-12 conference mark in 2012.
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