May 31, 2006
Walnut Creek, Calif. - The UCLA baseball team had seven players earn 2006 All-Pacific-10 Conference honors, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Wednesday. Juniors Hector Ambriz and Dave Huff, and freshman Ryan Babineau each earned All-Pac-10 First-Team honors, the most All-Pac-10 Team selections for UCLA since 2001. Senior Chris Jensen, junior Paul Oseguera, and freshmen Brandon Crawford and Jermaine Curtis each earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention accolades.
Ambriz, from Placentia, Calif., earns the first All-Pac-10 honors of his career as the Bruins' designated hitter and Friday night starter. Ambriz hit .303 (44-145) during the regular season with five home runs, and 34 RBI, while posting a 7-7 record with a 3.97 ERA and 92 strikeouts on the mound. He was the only player in the Conference this season to earn both Pac-10 Player of the Week and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors.
Huff, from Huntington Beach, Calif., earns his first-career All-Pac-10 honors after an outstanding regular season on the mound for the Bruins. Huff posted a 7-3 overall record, but was even more impressive in Pac-10 play. Huff posted a 4-1 record and a 2.77 ERA against Pac-10 opponents, including three complete-game wins and 49 strikeouts. Huff finished second in the Pac-10 with 121.1 innings pitched, third in strikeouts with 99, and fifth in the Pac-10 with a 2.82 overall ERA and a .248 opponent batting average. Huff was also a Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week recipient.
Babineau, a Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native, earns All-Pac-10 honors in his first season playing collegiate baseball. Babineau tore up Pac-10 pitching by hitting .351 (26-74) at the plate in Conference play with three home runs, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored. The Bruin catcher started all 23 league games for UCLA behind the plate, and went the entire regular season without committing an error.
Jensen, from San Diego, Calif., earns Pac-10 Honorable Mention accolades for the second-consecutive season. Jensen hit .327 (73-223) during the regular season with six home runs, and team bests of 35 RBI and 45 runs scored. Jensen was also a 2006 Pac-10 All-Academic First-Team selection and a Pac-10 Player of the Week recipient.
Oseguera, an Encinitas, Calif. native, earns All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention accolades for the first time after a solid season out of the bullpen for the Bruins. Oseguera posted a 3-1 record with a 1.71 ERA and two saves during the regular season, striking out 46 batters in 47.1 innings pitched.
Crawford, from Pleasanton, Calif., is an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection after an outstanding regular season at shortstop. The freshman started all 55 games for UCLA up the middle, and posted a .320 batting average with a team-best 74 hits, six home runs, six triples, 29 RBI, and 41 runs scored.
Curtis, a Fontana, Calif. native, earns All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention accolades in his first season of collegiate baseball. Curtis was impressive during Pac-10 play, posting a .390 batting average (23-59), fourth in the Pac-10, with 13 RBI and 14 runs scored. Curtis finished third in Pac-10 play with a .500 on-base percentage.
UCLA will next play UC Irvine in the first round of the Malibu Regional on Friday, June 2 at 11 a.m.