UCLA Baseball BIO
Hector Ambriz
Player Profile:
Hector Ambriz 1455938
Position: Right Handed Pitcher
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Placentia, Calif.
High School: Valencia
2006 Drafted in the fifth round (174th overall selection) of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks...named to the 2006 Malibu All-Region Team...earned 2006 UCLA Co-Pitcher of the Year honors...pitched his second complete-game victory of the year against UC Irvine in the first round of the Malibu Regional, allowing two runs (both unearned) on just four hits, with five strikeouts and four walks (June 2)...led the Bruins past Stanford (May 19), tossing 8.0 innings with eight strikeouts, scattering seven hits, no walks, allowing just one run in the ball game on a wild pitch...went 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored against UC Irvine (May 16)...hit two doubles with two RBI and one run scored at UC Riverside (May 2)...threw his first complete game of the year, tossing 9.0 innings with five strikeouts, giving up just two runs on four hits at California (April 28)...hit 1-for-3 with three RBI against Arizona State (April 23)...went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI against Washington State (April 9)...tossed 6.2 innings with nine strikeouts to earn the win against Washington State (April 7)...earned Pac-10 Player of the Week Honors (March 14-20)...hit .643 (9-for-14) at the plate with a home run, three doubles, 10 RBI, and six runs scored in four games...collected multiple hits in each of the four games, raising his batting average from .365 to .405...went 2-for-3 at the plate with one double, one RBI single and one run scored against UNLY...went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI while tossing 8.0 innings with eight strikeouts to earn his fourth win of the season against San Diego State (March 17)...in the second game against San Diego State, led the way with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate; hit one home run, had two walks and four RBI...hit 2-for-5 with one two-run double in the third game versus San Diego State (March 19)...earned Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week honors (March 7-13) for his dominating performance against No. 19 Ole Miss on Friday, leading UCLA to a 9-2 win...tossed 8.0 innings with a career-best 10 strikeouts (retired the first 11 batters faced) against Ole Miss...went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI, and earned the win tossing 6.2 innings with four strikeouts at NC State (March 3)...earned his first save of the season with 1.0 innings pitched and two strikeouts at Long Beach State (Feb. 28).

Named team's co-Most Outstanding Pitcher...was a candidate for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award...led team on the mound (3.94 ERA)...hit .338 (53-157) on the year...produced two four-hit performances, two three-RBI games and a total of 13 multi-hit efforts...led team with 14 doubles...began season on a 5-for-5 run, including a 4-for-4 opening day...as team's Friday night starter, led UCLA with 16 starts, 105.0 innings pitched and 84 strikeouts...lasted at least eight innings in four starts and at least seven innings in seven starts...began season 2-0 with wins over Fresno State and Pacific...against Pacific, tossed a complete game shutout, allowing just four hits, striking out a career-high ten batters and went 3-for-3 at the plate...made two relief appearances and allowed two hits and no runs in 3.1 innings...earned first career save against UC Irvine (April 26).

Played in 11 games, then was injured...received medical redshirt.

2003 (Summer)
Played for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League...notched a 1.95 ERA in over 50 innings of action...posted 44 strikeouts with only nine walks.

Appeared in 14 games, including five starts on the mound...after starting the year in the bullpen, made four consecutive starts before moving back to the bullpen on March 23...also made five starts as a designated hitter and four at first base...posted a 6.50 ERA in 45.2 innings of work...was fifth on the team with 41 strikeouts in 12 appearances on the mound...his 8.08 strikeouts per game ranked third on the staff...put together an impressive performance at nationally-ranked Texas A&M (Feb. 24), with a career-high eight strikeouts in a career-high 6.2 innings of action...posted six strikeouts in first career start at UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 18)...made the start in the Bruins' 4-3 win over Pepperdine (May 13), allowing three runs with four strikeouts in five innings...finished the season strong, allowing only seven runs while striking out 11 in his final four appearances...hit .224 with 11 hits in 49 at-bats...started a game-winning 10th-inning rally in UCLA's 10-9 win over Oregon State (May 3), with a pinch-hit leadoff single...went 3-for-4 with a career-high two RBI in a 12-2 win over nationally-ranked Tulane at the Kia Baseball Bash (March 1).

Valencia HS
Four-year letterwinner in baseball for head coach Mike Scheetz...named Orange League MVP in sophomore, junior and senior seasons...three-time All-CIF and All-Orange County selection...recorded 10 wins and only one loss in senior season...posted 0.74 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 2002...also hit .390 with two home runs in senior year.

Hector Ambriz...born on May 24, 1984 in Orange, Calif...parents are Victor and Angie Ambriz...youngest of three (Victor, 27; Erik, 23)...sociology major.

Career Highs
At-bats - 5 (10 times), last vs. Washington State (4/9/06)
Runs - 3 (three times), last vs. Arizona State (4/23/06)
Hits - 4 (twice), last vs. Cal State Northridge (2/13/05)
RBI - 4 (twice), last vs. San Diego State (3/18/06)
Doubles - 3, vs. Cal Poly (1/29/05)
Innings Pitched - 9.0 (three times), last vs. UC Irvine (6/2/06)
Strikeouts - 10 (twice), last vs. Mississippi (3/10/06)

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