Washington's Stevens, UCLA's Ambriz Named Pac-10 Baseball Player/Pitcher of the Week.
March 14, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON sophomore third baseman Matt Stevens has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week and UCLA junior right-handed pitcher Hector Ambriz has been named Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 7 - 13, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Stevens, from Lake Stevens, Wash., went 7-for-14 (.500) last week in Washington's three wins over Santa Clara and loss to San Diego. The sophomore hit four home runs, two of which came in back-to-back games Saturday and Sunday vs. Santa Clara. Stevens batted in 11 runs for the week, walked three times, scored six runs and stole a base.
Ambriz, from Placentia, Calif., earned his third win of the season in the first of UCLA's three-game series against No. 19 Mississippi, leading the Bruins to a 9-2 victory. The junior right hander tossed a season-high 8.0 innings with a career-best 10 strikeouts, as he opened the game retiring the first 11-consecutive batters he faced. Ambriz finished his outing striking out five of the last six Rebels that came to the plate, giving up only one run on three hits in the process. On the season, Ambriz is 3-3 with a 3.58 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 37.2 innings pitched.
The Player of the Week honor is the first of Stevens' career, while it is the 50th such honor for Washington. The Pitcher of the Week honor is also the first for Ambriz, and the 39th selection all-time for UCLA.
Also nominated for Player of the Week: Willy Fox, ASU; Chris Errecart, CAL; Shea McFeely, OSU; Daniel Perales, USC; Jared Prince, WSU.
Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week: Zechry Zinicola, ASU; Brandon Morrow, CAL; Mike Stutes, OSU; Tommy Milone, USC; Tim Lincecum, WASH; Jared Prince, WSU.
2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Cyle Hankerd, USC; Feb. 21 - Matt Stevens, WASH; Feb. 28 - Andy Lentz, WASH; Mar. 7 - Ike Davis, ASU; Mar. 14 - Matt Stevens, WASH.
2006 PAC-10 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Wayne Daman, Jr., WSU; Feb. 21 - Ian Kennedy, USC; Feb. 28 - David Stringer, STAN; Mar. 7 - Tyson Brummett, UCLA; Mar. 14 - Hector Ambriz, UCLA.