April 25, 2006
Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA junior LHP Dave Huff was named the Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week for April 18-24, Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.
Huff earns his first-career Pac-10 honor after posting his second-consecutive complete game win with a dominating performance against No. 10 Arizona State to lead the Bruins to a 5-1 victory on Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Huff gave up one run on two hits with six strikeouts and retired the final 22-of-23 Sun Devils he faced, holding the Sun Devils hitless through the final seven innings of the game.
The Huntington Beach, Calif., native shut down a high-powered Sun Devil offense that entered the week ranked second in the Pac-10 (23rd nationally) in batting average (.323) and tops in the Pac-10 with an average of 7.4 runs per game. Huff limited ASU to a season-low tying two hits with only two walks allowed, as the Sun Devils batted a collective .074 (2-27) in the game.
On the season, Huff has been a workhorse for the Bruins with a 5-2 record, a 2.85 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 88.1 innings pitched. In Pac-10 play, Huff is 2-0 in four starts with a 2.80 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 35.1 innings pitched. Huff has tossed 9.0 innings in three of his last four starts, and is 4-0 in his last seven starts.
Huff earns UCLA's third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor this season, and the program's 40th all-time. Each starter in the UCLA rotation now owns Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors, as UCLA has earned four total Pac-10 weekly honors (three Pitcher of the Week, one Player of the Week) this season.