March 31, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara third baseman Tisha Duran claimed her second Big West Player of the Week honor of the season after posting an impressive week at the plate for the Gauchos, who went 5-2 during their spring break games, including a three-game sweep in their conference-opening series against UC Riverside.
The senior's week kicked off with a couple of hits, a homer, and two RBI in a doubleheader against No. 1 ranked UCLA. The following day, she continued with a couple of RBI, a double, and a run scored in a twinbill sweep of Cal State Bakersfield.
Duran saved her best for UCSB's conference-opening series against UC Riverside. In the opener, she walked twice and scored twice in the Gauchos' tight 7-6 win. She then knocked in three runs and added a home run in the second game of the three-game set. She wrapped up the series with a 2-for-3, two RBI effort in the finale to aid the Gauchos to a 3-1 win.
For the week, Duran batted .381 (8-for-21) with two home runs, a team-leading nine RBI, six runs scored, and a pair of doubles and walks.
The Gauchos will continue their Big West schedule this weekend when they host Cal Poly for a three-game series. Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at noon at Campus Diamond.