March 1, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Freshman Alyssa Tiumalu was named Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday after posting hits in all six games for the Bruins last week, going 10-for-16 (.625) with two home runs, five runs batted in and five runs scored in helping UCLA to a 4-2 record.
Tiumalu began the week at Cal State Northridge on Wednesday, reaching in all three plate appearances on a double, a walk and a hit by pitch. She also scored a run. Then against some of the toughest competition in the nation at the Cathedral City Classic last weekend, Tiumalu had nine hits in 15 at-bats (.600).
Tiumalu extended her hitting streak to 11 with hits in every game last week and hit her first two collegiate home runs, including a walk-off shot in a victory on Sunday against Northwestern.
The weekend began against #4 Florida on Friday, as Tiumalu went 2-for-3 and accounted for the Bruins' lone run on her first collegiate homer, a solo shot in the second. In the nightcap against #6 Oklahoma, the freshman had another two-hit game, adding a run scored and a walk to reach in all three of her plate appearances.
After recording a single versus #8 Tennessee on Saturday, Tiumalu had quite the encore to end the weekend on Sunday. Against Northwestern, the freshman posted her second, walk-off hit in as many weekends, belting a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel the Bruins to a 5-4 victory. In the second game on Sunday against Ohio State, Tiumalu notched her first three-hit game on three singles, adding a pair of RBI and scoring a run.
Tiumalu slugged 1.062 for the week and had a .684 on base percentage. She also did not commit an error in 46 attempts behind the plate. On the season, she leads the Bruins with a .457 batting average, adding two homers and 10 runs batted in.
Tiumalu's award is the 62nd Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for the Bruins and the first this season.