WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Jeff Gelalich of the UCLA baseball team has earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for the week of Feb. 20-26, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
Gelalich batted .500 in four games last week, going 7-for-14 with three home runs, five RBI and seven runs. The junior outfielder from La Verne, Calif., totaled a .611 on-base percentage and 1.143 slugging percentage and did not strikeout in 18 plate appearances.
Gelalich captured his first-ever Pac-12 Player of the Week award after belting two homers in a 19-7 win at Cal State Northridge last Tuesday before going 5-for-10 in UCLA’s three-game series victory over Baylor last weekend.
In the Bruins’ 9-3 triumph on Saturday, Gelalich put UCLA on the board with a towering two-run home run in the first inning. He went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run in that game. Gelalich went 2-for-4 with two runs, including the game-tying run with two outs in the Bruins’ four-run eighth inning, in Sunday’s 8-6 comeback victory.
Gelalich becomes UCLA’s first Pac-12 Conference Player of the Week selection since Beau Amaral earned the weekly honor May 10, 2010, during his freshman campaign.
UCLA returns to action this week, hosting Long Beach State on Tuesday night (6 p.m.) before playing a three-game series at home against Sacramento State from March 2-4.