Impressive Opening Performance Nets Tyler Durna Third Career CCAA Player of the Week Award
SAN RAMON, Calif. - University of California San Diego junior first baseman Tyler Durna has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Baseball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 5-11.
Durna (Chino Hills/Ruben S. Ayala HS) started 2018 effectively where he left off in 2017, hitting .524 and slugging .810 with a .615 on-base percentage, all team bests, in leading No. 7 UC San Diego to a 4-1 record. He shared the team high with seven runs and 17 total bases, led the squad with 11 hits, and was second with 10 RBI. Durna walked five times without striking out once, and handled all 38 defensive chances.
Durna's two-run home run tied Thursday's opener at Concordia Irvine in the third, as he finished 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBI. He was 4-for-5 with a two-run triple, run scored and four RBI in all in Saturday night's home win over Concordia. The four hits and four RBI both matched single-game career highs. Durna added a two-run double in Sunday's finale with CUI, and reached base at least twice in all five contests.
This is Durna's third CCAA Player of the Week distinction, having been twice named, on March 7 and March 28, during a breakout sophomore season in which he led the Tritons with a .363 batting average and produced a record 28-game hit streak.
Durna is this season's second CCAA Player of the Week, and first UC San Diego honoree. Sophomore right-hander Ted Stuka was nominated for CCAA Pitcher of the Week after striking out a career-high eight over a career-long 4.1 shutout innings in relief for his first collegiate winning decision on Saturday night against Concordia. Cal State East Bay senior Jacob Call (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 SO) was the league's selection.
At 4-1, UC San Diego has already concluded the non-conference slate, and heads right into the grueling 44-game CCAA schedule with a four-gamer at home this weekend against San Francisco State. First pitch for the primetime opener on Friday night, Feb. 16, is set for 6 p.m. at Triton Ballpark on East Campus in La Jolla. Those unable to attend can watch in high definition on UCSDtritons.tv for a pay-per-view fee of $5.99.