Andrea Duran Named USA Softball and Pac-10 Player of the Week

May 2, 2006

UCLA senior 3B Andrea Duran has been named Player of the Week by USA Softball and the Pac-10 Conference, it was announced on Tuesday. It is the third Pac-10 honor of the season for Duran, and she becomes the first multiple-time winner of the USA Softball award for the 2006 season.

Duran helped generate 11 of the Bruin's 21 runs this past week as UCLA posted a 4-1 record and maintained their No. 1 ranking.

Against three top-15 opponents last week, Duran (Selma, Calif.) led the Bruins with five runs scored, two home runs, eight RBI and a .737 slugging percentage. In the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against No.16 Washington, Duran doubled and came around to score UCLA's second run in what would be a 3-2, 12-inning loss. In game two, Duran opened the scoring in UCLA's six-run third inning with an RBI single and eventually came around to score in the frame as UCLA overcame a four-run deficit to lead 6-4.

'Andrea Duran plays great defense, is a clutch hitter at the plate and with her speed is a threat on the bases,' said Head Coach Sue Enquist. 'We wouldn't be where we are this season without her.'

In Friday's win over archrival Arizona, Duran went 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored. She singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and came around to score the game-tying run. In the fifth inning, Duran led off with a home run, giving the Bruins a 3-1 lead. With the bases loaded and one out in the sixth she connected on her first career grand slam, pushing the Bruins to an 8-1 advantage that ended in an 8-2 victory.

'I am very surprised to win this award because so many other people did well this weekend,' said Duran of this second-time honor. 'Receiving this award is an honor, and it will be a great way to remember my last regular season games at Easton Stadium, senior day and my first collegiate grand slam.'

In Sunday's Senior Day game against Arizona State, Duran went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice and the game-winning RBI. She singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and put down a sacrifice bunt in the third to set up the game-tying run. In the fourth inning with the bases loaded, she delivered a single that plated two Bruins for the 3-1 win.

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