Andrea Duran Named Pac-10 Player of the Year; Sue Enquist Coach of the Year
May 17, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA senior 3B Andrea Duran has been named the 2006 Pac-10 Player of the Year and the Bruins head softball coach Sue Enquist has been named the conference Coach aof the Year, commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Other individual award winners included California's Kristina Thorson as the Pitcher of the Year, Stanford's Lauren Lappin as Defensive Player of the Year and Arizona State's Kaitlin Cochran as the Newcomer of the Year.
Duran, a senior from Selma, Calif., led the Bruins to their eighth Pac-10 title this season, pacing UCLA in nearly every offensive category. UCLA's leadoff hitter, Duran currently leads the team in batting average (.352), hits (58), RBI (36), slugging percentage (.703), and stolen bases (18). She ranks 10th in the nation with 1.00 runs per game. Duran is UCLA's 11th all-time Pac-10 Player of the Year selection. She garnered three Pac-10 Player of the Week awards this season, along with two USA Softball/ESPN.com and NFCA Player of the Week accolades, and was the only two-time national honoree this year.
Enquist, in her 10th season as sole head coach at UCLA, earned her third Coach of the Year award, to go along with the three National Coach of the Year honors she garnered in 1992, 1995 and 2004. She guided the Bruins to their eighth Pac-10 Conference title and an overall number one seed in the NCAA Tournament this season. The first softball inductee into UCLA's Hall of Fame, Enquist was the first Bruin softball All-American as a player in 1978. She was a 2006 inductee to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
UCLA placed four student-athletes, senior second baseman Caitlin Benyi, Duran, junior shortstop Jodie Legaspi and sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden on the All-Pac-10 first team. Sophomore outfielder Krista Colburn and senior catcher Emily Zaplatosch earned second-team honors, while junior P/1B Lisa Dodd, senior utility player Alissa Eno and junior centerfielder Tara Henry earned Honorable Mention notice.
The Bruins are the top seed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and open postseason play on Friday afternoon at 5 pm at Easton Stadium. Every game of the Los Angeles Regional will air live on ESPNU.