Bruin Baseball Heads To The Hawaiian Islands
Feb. 4, 2003
February 7, @ Hawaii, 6:35 p.m., Rainbow Stadium
February 8, @ Hawaii, 6:35 p.m., Rainbow Stadium
February 9, @Hawaii, 6:35 p.m., Rainbow Stadium
February 12, @Cal State Fullerton, 7:00 p.m., Goodwin Field
February 14, North Carolina State, 5:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
February 15, North Carolina State, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
February 16, North Carolina State, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
Late Inning Letdown In Riverside:
Right-handed starter Chris Cordeiro did not allow a run in the first five innings of play in Riverside, but the bullpen could not continue the pace, giving up eight runs in the last four innings. Freshman hurlers Hector Ambriz and Garett White gave up home runs against the first batters of their collegiate careers, which brought four runners across home plate and led the Highlanders to the 8-3 victory. The Bruin offense also suffered a letdown after scoring 30 runs in their two previous games combined, as they could only muster three runs on seven hits.
Susdorf Named Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Sophomore outfielder Billy Susdorf was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on February 4th after his performance in the Cal State Northridge series. The Newhall, CA native hit .533 (8-for-15) with two home runs, one double and seven RBI in the first three games. He put togther multi-hit performances at the plate in each game. He notched a 1.000 slugging percentage over the weekend with 15 total bases and six runs scored. Hits hits, runs and RBI were all tops among Bruin batters.
After a tough 8-6 opening day loss, the Bruins rebounded to post 30 runs over two games to edge the Matadors 2-1 in the series. UCLA hit six home runs over the course of the weekend to lead them to victory. Billy Susdorf and Preston Griffin each hit two home runs, while Ryan McCarthy and Chris Denove both hit the first home runs of their collegiate careers. On Saturday, left-handed starter Mike Kunes allowed only one earned run in five innings of play to post his first win of the season. The Bruin attack was not as kind on the Matador staff as Northridge used seven different picthers during the 17-6 Bruin victory. Freshman right-hander Adam Simon took the mound for the first time, striking out four in four innings to notch the save. Sunday was the most productive day for the Bruin offense, posting 13 runs on 19 hits. Starter Casey Janssen recorded 10 strikeouts in 4.2 innings, while reliever Doug Silva only allowed two hits in 4.1 innings of work. Freshman third baseman Sean Carpenter led the UCLA hitters, going three-for-four with an RBI double and three stolen bases.
The 2003 Bruins defeated the Bruin Professionals, 3-1, in the annual Alumni Game, which took, place this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Led by freshman right-handed pitcher Hector Ambriz, the Bruins shut down the pros with three no-hit innings to finish the contest. The professionals struck early with Ryan McGuire's two-out double. Adam Melhuse brought McGuire home with a single to put the pros ahead 1-0. Senior outfielder Chad Concolino got even with the pros, blasting a lead-off home run in his first at-bat in a Bruin uniform. Even at 1-1 in the bottom of the second, the Bruins padded their lead with a sacrifice fly from Ryan McCarthy that brought Casey Janssen home after getting on base with a walk. After two innings of work from Adam Simon, the Bruins brought in Ambriz, who shut down the pros allowing no hits and striking out four over the course of the final three innings. The Bruins tacked on their final run of the contest in the fifth when Brandon Averill blasted a double, bringing in Kevin Conlin who reached base on a single.
Playing on the Bruin Professional team were: Josh Arhart, Eric Byrnes, Josh Canales, Ben Francisco, Casey Grzecka, Ryan McGuire, Adam Melhuse, Rashad Parker, Eric Reece, Jack Santora, Bill Scott, Randall Shelley, nd Chase Utley Prior to the start of the Alumni Game, former Bruin Adam Berry won the home run contest, over Bill Scott, with a home run in each round of competition.
Talented But Inexperienced Bruins:
The Bruin roster features 25 players who are freshman or sophomores this year. Of the 10 opening day starters, eight were sophomores or freshman, including true freshman Sean Carpenter at third base and redshirt freshman Chris Denove behind the plate. The Bruins lost six seniors and two juniors from the 2002 season, including six position starters. Seven players from the 2001 roster are now playing professional baseball. The youth of the starting lineup is balanced by a pitching core of experience. The four-man starting rotation includes a senior, two juniors and a sophomore who had 13 starts in 2002. Beyond the starting rotation, the relievers are led by seniors Doug Silva and Kevin Jerkens, who have over 175 innings of work between them. However, the bullpen also has a host of fresh faces with five freshman and four sophomores.
Whisler Named Preseason All-American:
Sophomore first baseman and left-handed pitcher Wes Whisler, picked up three preseason All-America honors, including a first-team preseason All-American selection by Baseball America and second-team nods from Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The Noblesville, Indiana native broke the UCLA freshman home run record in 2002 with 18. The 2002 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year recorded a .328 batting average with 46 RBI's. He also posted a 5-2 record on the mound with a team best 4.06 ERA in 84.1 innings of work last season.
Mike Kunes and Warren Trott have been named captains for the 2003 season. Kunes led the Bruin pitchers last season with seven wins and a 3.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Trott, a redshirt senior, is a skilled utility player who can play in the infield and behind the plate.
The Warriors will open their 2003 season against the Bruins this weekend. Last season, Hawaii finished 16-40, 5-25 in Western Athletic Conference action. In their series last season, the Warriors swept the Bruins in three close games, (6-4, 7-6, 8-7). Overall, the Warriors led the series with UCLA 29-22. Head Coach Mike Trapasso is in his second year at Hawaii and as a head coach.
Top Returners (2002 Stats)
Brian Bock (Sr., C) .188, 3 HR, 19 RBI- Bakersfield, CA (Garces Memorial HS)
Brent Cook (Jr., INF) .325, 3 HR, 37 RBI- Alamo, CA (California)
Tim Montgomery (Jr., OF) .241, 1 HR, 10 RBI- Sammarnish, WA (Eastlake HS)
Jullian Russell (Sr., SS) .286, 8 2B, 10 RBI- Quincy, CA (Feather River College)
Ricky Bauer (So, RHP) 5.79 ERA, 1-9, 54 SO- Kaneohe, Oahu (Mid-Pacific Institute)
Chris George (Sr., RHP) 5.91 ERA, 6-6, 94 SO- Santa Cruz, CA (Cypress JC)
Head Coach Gary Adams - UCLA's All-Time Winningest Baseball Coach:
UCLA head coach Gary Adams enters his 29th season at the helm of one of the most successful and respected collegiate programs in NCAA history. Adams is the all-time winningest head baseball coach in UCLA history, a feat accomplished on March 2, 1997 with win #748 coming at the Metrodome against Minnesota. Less than two months later, Adams cemented a place in collegiate baseball legend as career victory #1,000 was reached on March 13 at Arizona. He enters 2003 in 10th place on the list of winningest active Division I coaches at 1,110 wins. Adams has guided the Bruins to regional appearances seven times since 1990. During his tenure as the UCLA head coach, his teams have reached the regional finals six times and the College World Series once. The UCLA baseball program has enjoyed unparalleled success in sending athletes to major league organizations. Led by Phillies' first-rounder Chase Utley, the Bruins set a collegiate record with 12 players selected in the 2000 amateur draft. In all, 17 student-athletes have been chosen in the first round. Adams played second base for the Bruins in 1959-60 and '62. In 1960 he formed UCLA's double play combination with his twin brother, Gene. After missing the 1961 season due to a knee injury, Gary was the team captain and MVP as a senior in 1962, leading the squad with a .265 batting average. He returned to Westwood in the fall of 1974, following five seasons at UC Irvine. In those five seasons, the Anteaters won 73 percent of their games under Adams and captured the 1973 and 1974 NCAA Division II Championships. Adams was named District 8 Coach of the Year both seasons and was selected Division II Coach of the Year in 1974.