Feb. 25, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior third baseman Tisha Duran earned her first career Big West Player of the Week honor it was announced Monday by the conference. The Ventura, Calif. native led the Gauchos to three consecutive home wins at UCSB's Softball by the Beach Tournament.
Duran's week started with a bang as she knocked home the game's only run in a 1-0 win over Portland State on Friday. She then exploded for three hits in as many at-bats the next day against St. John's. During her 3-for-3 showing against the Red Storm, Duran hit a homerun, a double, and tallied two RBI. She then wrapped up the weekend going 2-for-3 with another homer, three RBI, and two runs scored in the second game of the weekend against the Vikings.
For the week, Duran batted .667 (6-for-9) with two homeruns, six RBI, and three runs scored. Prior to Monday's games against St. John's, she ranked second in the Big West in batting (.474) and had driven in 16 of the Gauchos' 35 runs so far in 2008. Following today's doubleheader, the 2007 All-Big West First Team selection leads the team with her .488 batting average and 20 RBI.