April 7, 2008

Tiffany Wright Named Big West Player of the Week

April 7, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara outfielder Tiffany Wright's (Corona, Calif./Santiago HS) bat was key in the Gauchos' sweep over defending Big West champion Cal Poly this past weekend, helping her earn her first career Big West Player of the Week honor.

The junior opened the three-game series with a 2-for-3 effort, which included a homer, a season-best three RBI, two runs scored, and a walk in UCSB's thrilling 7-6 victory.

After picking up another hit and a stolen base in game two, Wright hit what would be the game-winning homer in the 2-1 Gaucho win in the series finale.

For the week, Wright hit .500 (4-for-8) with two homers, four RBI, three runs scored, a walk, and a stolen base. She has hit safely in each of UCSB's six conference games and has hit four of her seven homers this season in league contests.

Wright currently leads all Big West players in league games for batting average (.550), slugging percentage (1.150), on-base percentage (.591), runs scored (7), hits (11), RBI (8), home runs (4), and total bases (23).

This honor marks the first such award of Wright's career, she was named Honorable Mention All-Big West in 2007. This is the second consecutive Big West Player of the Week honor for UCSB: third baseman Tisha Duran picked up her second accolade of the season last week. The three awards mark the most for the Gauchos in a single season since 2003 when UCSB players earned six of the weekly honors.

The Gauchos will return to action at Campus Diamond on Tuesday, April 8 when they host non-conference foe, No. 13 Fresno State for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon.