Scott Burns Named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week
May 4, 2004
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- Arizona's Scott Burns has been named the Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Burns, a fifth-year senior from Scottsdale, Ariz., earned his first two career saves in Arizona's series win over conference rival California in Berkeley over the weekend. The right-hander did not give up a run while allowing just one hit in five innings of work. He finished with four strikeouts and no walks, while protecting a pair of tenuous Arizona leads at Evans Diamond.
In Friday's 5-3 series opening win, Burns came on in relief of UA starter Koley Kolberg and worked the final 2 2/3 innings without giving up a hit. He struck out a pair for his first career save.
Two days later, Burns bailed out the depleted Arizona pitching staff over the final 2 1/3 innings for his second save of the weekend. Entering the game in the seventh inning with Arizona leading 4-3 but facing a bases-loaded, two out jam, he got Cal's Chris Errecart to line out to shortstop to end the inning. He tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth innings to help the Wildcats win the game 8-3 and take the series two games to one.
Having worked only 12 innings in his first three seasons combined, the conference honor is the first in Burns' career. He joins junior Koley Kolberg as the only two Wildcats to have been recognized by the conference this season. Including Burns, a total of 29 Wildcat pitchers have won Pitcher of the Week honors in school history.
Stanford's Brian Hall was recognized as the Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 10 for 11 with eight RBI in the Cardinal's three-game sweep over Washington State at Sunken Diamond last weekend.
Burns and the Wildcats will complete a nine-game road trip with a three-game series at UCLA in Los Angeles this weekend. First pitch for the series opener on Friday is set for 6 pm.
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