2005 -- 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 outburts and a total of 13 multi-hit games... At one point had a seven-game hitting streak... Led team with 14 doubles... Began season on a 5-for-5 run, including a 4-for-4 opening day... Hit a home run on Feb. 13 against Cal State Northridge... Went 13-for-24 with four RBI over a six game span from Feb. 6 to Feb. 25... As team's Friday night starter, led UCLA with 16 starts, 105 innings pitched and 84 strikeouts... Lasted at least eight innings in four starts and at least seven innings in seven starts... Struck out at least five in eight 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 on April 26.
2004 -- 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.
2003 -- 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 23rd... 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 on February 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 on February 18... Made the start in the Bruins' 4-3 win over Pepperdine on 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 on 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 on March 1.
Valencia HS (Valencia, Calif.) -- 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 campaign... Also hit .390 with two home runs in senior year.
Personal -- Full name: Hector Ambriz... Born on May 24, 1984 in Orange, Calif. Parents are Victor and Angie Ambriz... Youngest of three (Victor, 27; Erik, 23)... Lists winning the gold medal at the Pan-American Games as his greatest athletic thrill... Enjoys playing football and basketball in his free time... Roots for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Eric Gagne... Sociology major.
At-bats -- 5 (Six Times); Last: vs. California, 4/30/05
Runs -- 3 (Twice); Last: vs. Cal Poly, 1/29/05
Hits -- 4 (Twice); Last: vs. Cal State Northridge, 2/13/05
RBI -- 3 (Twice); Last: vs. Arizona State, 4/24/05
Doubles -- 3; vs. Cal Poly, January 29, 2005
Home Runs -- 1 (Three times); Last: vs. Cal State Northridge, 2/13/05
Innings Pitched -- 9.0; vs. Pacific, 2/25/05
Strikeouts -- 10; vs. Pacific, 2/25/05