March 21, 2006
Walnut Creek, Calif. - UCLA junior right-handed pitcher and designated hitter Hector Ambriz was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for March 14-20, Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday.
Ambriz, from Placentia, Calif., receives his first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor after helping the Bruins notch a win over UNLV and earn their first three-game series sweep at home since 2001 with three wins over San Diego State. For the week, Ambriz hit .643 (9-14) at the plate with a home run, three doubles, 10 RBI, and six runs scored. The Placentia, Calif., native collected multiple hits in each of the four games raising his batting average from .365 entering the week to a team-leading .405 average on the season.
Against UNLV on Tuesday, Ambriz went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, a RBI single, and a run scored.
In game one against San Diego State, Ambriz went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI while tossing 8.0 innings with eight strikeouts to earn the win. Ambriz held the Aztecs to just one run on seven hits with two walks for his fourth win of the season.
In the second game of the series with the Aztecs on Saturday, Ambriz led the way with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate with a home run, his third of the season, two walks and a career-high tying four RBI. Ambriz continued his torrid pace in the final game of the series against San Diego State, hitting 2-for-5 in the game with a two-run double.
On the season, Ambriz is hitting .405 (30-74) with three home runs, five doubles, a team-high 20 RBI, and 15 runs scored. As UCLA's Friday night hurler, Ambriz owns a 4-3 record with a 3.15 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 45.2 innings pitched.
Ambriz is hitting .667 (12-18) in his last five games, and is 3-0 with a save in his last four appearances, with a 1.52 ERA, and 24 strikeouts in 23.2 innings pitched.
Ambriz earns his second Pac-10 honor of the season after being named the conference's Pitcher of the Week last week. This is the third week in a row a Bruin has earned Pac-10 recognition, and the 44th all-time (Player of the Week) honor for UCLA.