UCLA's Ambriz, USC's Dunn Named Pac-10 Baseball Player/Pitcher of the Week.
March 21, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA junior right-handed pitcher and designated hitter Hector Ambriz has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and USC freshman right-handed pitcher John Dunn has been named Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 14 - 20, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Ambriz, from Placentia, Calif., helped the Bruins sweep their Mountain West Conference opponents last week. The junior collected multiples hits in Tuesday's 16-2 win over UNLV, and in each game of UCLA's three-game home sweep over San Diego State. For the week, Ambriz hit .643 (9-for-14) with a home run, three doubles, six runs scored, and 10 RBI, including a career-high tying four RBI on Saturday against the Aztecs. Amrbiz is hitting .405 (30-for-74) this season with three homers, five doubles, a team-high 20 RBI, and 15 runs scored. UCLA's Friday-night hurler also owns a 4-3 record on the mound with a 3.15 ERA and 38 strikouts in 45.2 innings pitched.
Dunn, from Torrance, Calif., threw 2 2/3 no-hit innings on Saturday to secure the Trojans' 11-3 win over Oregon State. The redshirt freshman improved his record to 2-1. Dunn also made a sixth inning appearance in Sunday's 4-1 victory. For the series, Dunn threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing one hit, no runs, and two walks while striking out three. He has allowed only three runs in his last 25 1/3 innings of work.
The Player of the Week honor is the first of Ambriz's career, while it is the 44th such honor for UCLA. Ambriz earned his first Pitcher of the Week honor last week. The Pitcher of the Week honor is also the first for Dunn, and the 58th selection all-time for USC.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Allen Craig, CAL; Mitch Canham, OSU; Daniel Perales, USC; Jared Prince, WSU.
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Brandon Morrow, CAL; Dallas Buck, OSU; Hector Ambriz, UCLA; Wayne Daman, Jr., WSU.
2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Cyle Hankerd, USC; Feb. 21 - Matt Stevens, WASH; Feb. 28 - Andy Lentz, WASH; Mar. 7 - Ike Davis, ASU; Mar. 14 - Matt Stevens, WASH; Mar. 21 - Hector Ambriz, UCLA.
2006 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Wayne Daman, Jr., WSU; Feb. 21 - Ian Kennedy, USC; Feb. 28 - David Stringer, STAN; Mar. 7 - Tyson Brummett, UCLA; Mar. 14 - Hector Ambriz, UCLA; Mar. 21 - John Dunn, USC.