Vazquez Selected as Conference USA Baseball Player of the Week

GO KNIGHTS Kiko Vazquez had at least one hit in every game last week for the Knights.
Kiko Vazquez had at least one hit in every game last week for the Knights.

March 12, 2007

Orlando, Fla. ( - While Conference USA continued to make waves as one of the toughest leagues in Division I last week, UCF (11-9) was a key part in helping the conference have eight of its nine members over the .500 mark for the season. And one student-athlete who was unstoppable was Golden Knight first baseman Kiko Vazquez (Sebring, Fla./Sebring), as the sophomore was named the C-USA Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

In guiding UCF to a 5-0 record last week, Vazquez went 7-for-14 (.500) with nine RBI and a 1.000 slugging percentage. He pounded out a double in each of the first four games and added his fourth homer of the season in game one with UMass.

To open the slate, Vazquez had a 1-for-4 day with two RBI and his first career stolen base in a 7-5 win over Michigan State March 6. He then went 2-for-3 with three RBI to guide UCF to a 5-2 triumph over Northeastern the next night. In the series opener against UMass March 9, Vazquez was 2-for-3, drilling a home run and finishing the 6-1 victory with four RBI and two runs scored. He followed that up with a double, two walks and a hit by pitch in a 5-2 win March 10, then wrapped it up by drawing three walks yet still going 1-for-1 at the dish in a 7-1 victory. In the field, Vazquez converted all 51 chances (49-2-0) at first.

For the season, Vazquez already has more RBI (22) than he did as a freshman last season (21), and has matched his home run total with four. The Sebring native now has a .303 batting average and a team-high .545 slugging percentage.

Vazquez's honor was the first UCF weekly award for the 2007 season.

UCF returns to the diamond by putting a five-game winning streak on the line vs. Army Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Jay Bergman Field. For the latest news and information on the Golden Knights, tickets or apparel log on to - the official site for UCF athletics.



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