OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Amateur Softball Association announced today the selection of UCLA's Andrea Duran as the USA Softball National Player of the Week for the week of April 24-30. Duran helped generate 11 of the Bruin's 21 runs this past week as UCLA posted a 4-1 record and maintained their No. 1 ranking.
Against two top-15 opponents last week, Druan (Selma, Calif.) led the bruins with five runs scored, two home runs, eight RBI and a .737 slugging percentage. In the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader against No. 16 Washington, Duran doubled and came around to score UCLA's second run in what would be a 3-2, 12 inning loss. In game two, Duran opened the scoring in UCLA's six-run third inning with an RBI single and eventually came around to score in the frame as UCLA overcame a four-run deficit to lead 6-4.
"Andrea Duran plays great defense, is clutch up at the plate and with her speed is a threat on the bases," said Head Coach Sue Enquist. "We wouldn't be where we are this season without her."
In Friday's win over archrival Arizona, Duran went 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored. She singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and came around to score the game-tying run. In the fifth inning, Duran led off with a home run, giving the Bruins a 3-1 lead. With the bases loaded and one out in the sixth she connected on her first career grand slam, pushing the Bruins to an 8-1 advantage that ended in an 8-2 victory.
"I am very surprised to win this award because so many other people did well this weekend," said Duran of this second-time honor. "Receiving this award is an honor, and it will be a great way to remember my last regular season games at Easton Stadium, senior day and my first collegiate grand slam."
In Sunday's Senior Day game against Arizona State, Duran went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice and the game-winning RBI. She singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and put down a sacrifice bunt in the third to set up the game-tying run. In the fourth inning with the bases loaded, she delivered a single that plated two Bruins for the 3-1 win.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 230,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
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USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com