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Tyler Durna (left) and Jack Larsen have led the Tritons into a third West Regional appearance in four years.
All-Region Honors for Tritons Jack Larsen and Tyler Durna
Release: Thursday 05/18/2017 
by UCSD

LA JOLLA, Calif. - University of California San Diego baseball players Jack Larsen and Tyler Durna each earned a pair of All-West Region recognitions early Thursday.

Both standouts were named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-West Region Second Team. In addition, Durna is the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-West Region First Team first baseman, with Larsen garnering honorable mention.

For the D2CCA, Larsen is one of four outfielders and Durna the lone first baseman among the 17 standouts named to the second team. Voting was conducted by Division II sports information directors from institutions and conference offices.

Durna is the first baseman on the 14-player NCBWA All-West Region First Team. Another 15 made the second team, with Larsen one of 15 honorable mentions.

Both regional honors are a first for Durna, providing a breakout sophomore campaign out of Chino Hills and Ruben S. Ayala High School. Larsen, a Mission Viejo product and graduate of Capistrano Valley High School, earned second-team distinction in 2015, when the D2CCA award was sponsored by Daktronics. He was also a second-team NCBWA pick that year, with NCBWA honorable mention in 2016.

The duo leads 14th-ranked UC San Diego (36-17) in most offensive categories in 2017. Durna just had his 41-game reached-base streak end last Friday, May 12, while Larsen's remains intact heading into the NCAA Division II Championship at 35. Durna had also earlier drawn out a remarkable 28-game hit streak, the longest in the Tritons' Division II era (since 2001) and tied for third-longest in California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) history. The reached-base stretch equaled the best for UCSD's D-II days.

Durna made the All-CCAA First Team, with Larsen on the second after back-to-back first-team distinctions. That action at least in part spurred the fourth-year starting outfielder to a monster CCAA Championship, where he hit .520 and slugged 1.320 with five doubles, five home runs, nine runs and 13 RBI over six contests.

Larsen leads the CCAA in on-base percentage (.484), runs (55), RBI (58) and walks (43), and is second in slugging percentage (.672), tied for fourth in doubles (17), and tied for fifth in hits (68). All are career bests. He has fielded all 134 defensive chances cleanly this year, and his last 165 in a row going back to 2016. His team-best six outfield assists have increased his Division II-era program record to 19.

Durna paced the league in batting average for much of the season, up to as high as .433 on April 28, and is currently fourth at a team-best .376. He is fourth in the CCAA in on-base percentage (.471), tied for fourth in triples (three), fifth in slugging (.590), and sixth in walks (29). Durna has collected 42 runs, 65 hits, 10 doubles, seven home runs and 40 RBI, and been charged with just three errors over 461 chances at first (.993).

Fourth-seeded UC San Diego takes on No. 3 seed Dixie State in the final game of day one at the NCAA West Regional, which begins Thursday, May 18, at Cougar Baseball Complex on the campus of Azusa Pacific University. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.

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