Pair Of Juniors Notch Baseball Weekly Awards
Colton Burns couldn’t be kept off the bases, and practically no one could reach base against Orlando Razo as the junior duo captured this week’s baseball awards.
Burns Sparks UC Santa Barbara Offense
UC Santa Barbara redshirt junior Colton Burns (Valencia, Calif./Valencia HS) instigated a strong offensive performance in a sweep of Tulane, earning Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week accolades.
The left fielder reached base in 16 of 19 plate appearances as the Gauchos went 3-1 for the week. He hit .700 (7-for-10) with a team-leading seven runs, and walked nine times – at least twice in all four games. He had a hit in all four contests.
Burns went 2-for-2 with two walks and an RBI in a 2-1 midweek loss to CSU Bakersfield.
He proceeded to provide multiple hits in each of the first two games of the Tulane series. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored, two walks and a stolen base in the series-opening 7-4 win.
Burns followed that up with a 2-for-3 effort, scoring four times in a 14-1 rout over the Green Wave. He finished the series going 1-for-2 with a double, two runs scored, three walks and another stolen base in a 6-5 triumph.
Others nominated: Ruben Cardenas (Cal State Fullerton); Albee Weiss (CSUN); Jarren Duran (Long Beach State); Cameron Olson (UC Davis); Keston Hiura (UC Irvine); Mark Contreras (UC Riverside); Jonathan Weeks (Hawai‘i)
Razo Tosses Gem In Win Over Utah Valley
UC Davis junior Orlando Razo (San Mateo, Calif./Serra HS) threw a masterpiece against Utah Valley for Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors.
The 5-11 left-hander, who missed most of 2015 and all of 2016 due to injury, tossed seven shutout innings in the 9-4 victory over the Wolverines. He allowed just one hit – a third-inning leadoff double – and struck out a career-high and Division I program record 13 batters.
Following the double, Razo proceeded to retire 15 straight batters, including striking out the side in the seventh. He allowed just four baserunners total, including two walks, over the seven innings.
Razo struck out at least two batters in six of his seven innings and obliterated his previous career-best of seven strikeouts – set at Portland on Feb. 28, 2015. He broke the previous Division I era Aggie mark owned by Dayne Quist, 12, set against Utah on Feb. 17, 2012.
Others nominated: John Gavin (Cal State Fullerton); Tei Vanderford (CSUN); John Castro (Long Beach State); Ryan Lillie (UC Riverside); Kyle Nelson (UC Santa Barbara); Brendan Hornung (Hawai‘i)