April 5, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Junior Andrea Harrison has been named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks after a fantastic five-game effort that saw her hit .833 with nine runs batted in, eight runs scored and two home runs.
Harrison had 10 hits in 12 at-bats to help the Bruins to a 5-0 record during the week. The junior slugged 1.500 for the five games and had an .842 on base percentage. She added a pair of doubles, four walks and was hit twice. Defensively, Harrison did not commit an error in 22 chances between her time at first base and in left field.
In Wednesday's doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara, Harrison scored twice in the opener, walking once and also getting hit by a pitch. In the nightcap, the junior reached in all four plate appearances. After getting hit and walked in her first two trips to the dish, Harrison launched a three-run homer off the fair pole in right field in the fourth inning to give the Bruins an 8-3 lead. She would go on to single in her final at-bat in the sixth.
In Friday's Pac-10 opener against Oregon State, Harrison posted her second-career, four-hit game. After doubling in the first inning, she singled in three successive at-bats from the third through the fifth, scoring a run in the fourth.
On Saturday in the middle game, Harrison added two more hits and scored three times. The junior walked and scored in the first inning and singled and scored in the third. She led off the fifth with a double and came around to score another run.
In the weekend finale on Sunday, Harrison had a grand ending to a wonderful series. She got the Bruins on the board in the first inning with an RBI single and followed that with a scoring fly ball in the second. After the junior walked in the fourth, Harrison capped off the weekend with a walk-off, grand slam in the bottom of the fifth to give the Bruins a 12-2 victory.
The six-RBI effort on Sunday was a historic performance for Harrison, who not only became the 14th Bruin to drive in a half a dozen in a game, but became the first player to do it three times at UCLA.
Harrison leads the Bruins in all three triple-crown categories with a .432 batting average, 10 home runs and 38 runs batted in. She is also first in slugging (.886) and on base percentage (.557). The junior has raised her batting average 173 points over her last 11 contests.
Harrison was named Pac-10 POW for the first time this season on March 15 after she hit .750 with 10 RBI, five runs, two homers and five doubles at the Long Beach Marriott Invitational.
Her award is the third for the Bruins this season. Freshman Alyssa Tiumalu received the accolade on March 1. Harrison is now a three-time, Pac-10 Player of the Week honoree after also earning the award on May 3, 2010. The Bruins have 64 Pac-10 POW awards all-time.
The sixth-ranked Bruins face Loyola Marymount on Wednesday at Easton Stadium at 2 p.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.