April 17, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Beau Amaral of the UCLA baseball team has earned National Player of the Week honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), as announced on Tuesday morning.
Amaral, the Bruins' starting center fielder, went 9-for-18 (.500) with two triples, one double, six RBI and seven runs in UCLA's four games against top-25 ranked teams last week. He extended his career-long hitting streak to 18 games in a 6-2 victory on Sunday, as the Bruins took two of three games at then-No. 4 ranked Arizona.
Named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week on Monday, Amaral opened the week by going 2-for-3 with one run in a 4-2 win over No. 12 Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday. He went 4-for-6 with two triples, four RBI and four runs in UCLA's 15-3 win at Arizona on Saturday.
Amaral capped the weekend with a 2-for-5 performance on Sunday. In the series finale at Arizona, he drove home the game-tying run with a double to right field in the fifth inning before scoring the go-ahead run on the next at-bat.
Amaral's 18-game hitting streak is the longest by any UCLA player since 2005, when Chris Jensen compiled an 18-game hitting streak during his junior season. The last time a Bruin logged a hitting streak longer than 18 games was in 2001, when Josh Canales hit safely in 24 consecutive games.
UCLA hosts a non-conference game against Cal State Northridge on Tuesday evening. Game time at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m.
Fans unable to attend the game can listen to a live radio broadcast (click here), free of charge, of Tuesday's contest against the Matadors.