UCLA's Andrea Duran Named Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week

May 2, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA senior Andrea Duran has been named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week for Apr. 25- May 1, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

The Selma, Calif. native generated 11 of UCLA's 21 runs in five games against ranked Conference opponents last week, checking in with team-highs of five runs scored, two home runs, eight RBI and a .737 slugging percentage.

In Wednesday's doubleheader against No. 16/15 Washington, Duran doubled and came around to score UCLA's second run in the 3-2, 12-inning loss. In the second game, Duran posted an RBI single and scored in UCLA's six-run fourth inning that powered the Bruins to a 6-4 win.

In Friday's win over No. 3/3 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 scored the game-tying run. In the fifth inning, Duran led off with a home run, giving the Bruins a 3-1 lead. She next came to the plate with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, and connected on her first career grand slam, pushing the Bruins to an 8-1 lead in what would finish as an 8-2 victory.

In Sunday's Senior Day against No. 10/7 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, and then put down a sac bunt in the third to set up the game-tying run, which was plated off Krista Colburn's double in the next at-bat. Duran came up again with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, and connected on a two-RBI single to give the Bruins the lead for good.

The Bruins (12-3, 40-5), travel to the Oregon schools this weekend.

This is Duran's third Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and UCLA's 94th weekly honor all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Haley Woods, CAL; Cambria Miranda, OSU; Lauren Lappin, STAN.

2006 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Kaitlin Cochran, ASU; Feb. 21- Vanessa Iapala, OSU; Feb. 28- Andrea Duran, UCLA; Mar. 7- Haley Woods, CAL; Mar. 14- Kristie Fox, ARIZ; Mar. 21- Krista Colburn, UCLA; Mar. 28- Chelsie Mesa, ARIZ; Apr. 4- Mindy Cowles, ASU; Apr. 11- Andrea Duran, UCLA; Apr. 18- Taryne Mowatt, ARIZ; Apr. 25- Cambria Miranda, OSU; May 2- Andrea Duran, UCLA.

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