Softball Sweeps Pac-10 Weekly Honors

Feb. 28, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA senior Andrea Duran has been named the Pac-10 Softball Player of the Week and Bruin sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden has been named the Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 22-28, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Duran, a Selma, Calif., native, led the Bruins with a .400 batting average, five runs scored, six hits (6-for-15), three doubles and four RBI in UCLA's sweep through the Palm Springs Classic and win over UC Riverside last week. She also belted a home run, drew three walks, hit a sacrifice fly and notched an .800 slugging percentage.

Duran made the difference in the game at UC Riverside, going 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and both RBI in the Bruins' 2-0 win over the Highlanders. She accounted for two of UCLA's three hits in that game.

For the second time this season, Duran led off a game with a home run against Ohio State to give the Bruins a lead in the bottom of the first inning. Against No. 19 LSU, Duran led off with a single, stole second base and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the first inning. She would later come across the plate for an insurance run in the sixth inning, scoring on a home run by Emily Zaplotsch.

She had a hit against Kansas in Saturday's first game, then doubled home a run against No. 8 Texas A&M in the nightcap. With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning of a scoreless game against No. 10 Oklahoma on Sunday, Duran drew a walk, setting up Krista Colburn for the game-winning RBI.

Duran was a 2005 first team All-Pac-10 selection and a third team Easton All-American.

Selden, a Vacaville, Calif., native, went 4-0 at the Palm Springs Classic, striking out 41 and allowing just one run. Selden started complete-game victories against Ohio State, No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 10 Oklahoma, and pitched 2.2 innings of relief against Kansas to earn the victory.

Against Ohio State, Selden struck out nine and allowed just one hit in the game, a 4-1 UCLA victory. Entering the Kansas game in relief, Selden struck out seven of eight possible batters and earned the win in UCLA's 4-3 win. Later that night against No. 8 Texas A&M, Selden struck out 10 and walked just two, pitching a two-hit shutout. She finished tournament action with a 15-strikeout performance, allowing four hits and one walk against 10th-ranked Oklahoma in a game televised live on ESPNU.

For the week, Selden pitched 23.2 innings and held opposing batters to a .110 average.

The 2005 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, Selden shattered UCLA's single-season strikeout record in 2005 with 485 strikeouts, 126 more than the previous Bruin record. She was a second team NFCA All-American and made the Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team.

UCLA (13-1), hosts the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament this weekend, and will face in-state rivals Cal Poly, San Jose State and Santa Clara.

This is Selden's 5th Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and Duran's first career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor. The honors are UCLA's 88th and 89th weekly honor all-time.UCLA (13-1), hosts the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament this weekend, and will face in-state rivals Cal Poly, San Jose State and Santa Clara.

2006 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Kaitlin Cochran, ASU; Feb. 21- Vanessa Iapala, OSU; Feb. 28- Andrea Duran, UCLA.

2006 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Feb. 21- Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Feb. 28- Anjelica Selden, UCLA.

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