Shelley Duncan and Ernie Durazo Named To Baseball First-Team All-Pac-10 Team
May 22, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz.- Junior Outfielder Shelley Duncan and senior first baseman Ernie Durazo have been named First-Team All-Pac-10 b y a vote of the conference coaches, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced on Monday. It is the first selection for either player.
The Wildcats had a total of eight players named to the all-conference squad as senior Erik Torres, sophomore Matt Abram and freshmen Brian Anderson, Marc Kaiser, Joe Little and Sean Rierson joined Duncan and Durazo as Honorable Mention selections. The Wildcats recently completed their season, narrowly missing out on a NCAA postseason berth with a record over 33-23 overall and 12-12 in the Pac-10.
Duncan, Arizona's all-time leader in every home run statistic possible, enjoyed a junior season that saw him hit .338 while leading the Pac-10 in home runs (24), RBIs (78), total bases (160) and slugging percentage (.702). During the season he destroyed Arizona's career record for home runs, previously held by Kenny Corley with 37, finishing the season with an almost unreachable 55. In the final game of the season against Washington he tied and broke the single-season record with his 23rd and 24th home runs.
Durazo, playing in his third year with the Wildcats, put together one of the most memorable seasons in recent memory. The senior had at least one hit in 53 of Arizona's 56 games during the 2001 season. He led the Pac-10 in doubles (23) and runs scored (66) while finishing second in hits with 94. He tied the school record for consecutive games with a hit at 28 straight while breaking the single-season mark of 25. Durazo finished the season with a .395 average, third-best in the conference in 2001. His average is the 15th best for any Wildcat batting champion since 1950 and the highest since Robbie Moen hit .402 in the 1991 season.
Torres finished his four-year stay at Arizona with career highs in batting average (.350), hits (83), doubles (15) and triples (6).
Abram put up impressive numbers in his first season seeing regular action on the field. He joined Duncan as the only other Wildcat to post double digits in home runs with 10. He hit .352 with 18 doubles and finished third on Arizona with 55 RBIs.
Arizona's four freshmen honorable mention selections combined to win 20 games on the mound for the Cats in 2001. Kaiser led all Arizona starters with eight victories, followed by Rierson's seven, Little's four and Anderson's one. Anderson collected three saves for the Cats while hitting .370 with 38 RBIs, 40 runs scored, six triples and four home runs. Anderson's batting average represents the second highest mark for a freshman in school history.