UCLA Wins Series Against No. 18 Trojans With 17-5 Victory

March 9, 2003

LOS ANGELES - UCLA scored 10 runs in the first inning Sunday and the Bruins registered a 17-5 non-conference win against the No. 18 USC Trojans at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins won a series against the Trojans for the first time since the 2000 season.

Matt Thayer went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI while Preston Griffin went 3-for-5 with three RBI as UCLA improved to 12-12 overall while USC fell to 9-10.

Wes Whisler (2-4) went six innings, allowing one run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He faced the minimum through the first three innings. Fraser Dizard (2-2) took the loss for the Trojans with another difficult outing, lasting only one-third of an inning and allowing five runs. Dizard walked five of the six batters he faced.

USC catcher Matt Bonovich went 2-for-4 for the Trojans with four RBI, including his first homer of the season with a three-run shot to left in the seventh inning.

The Trojans travel to Pepperdine for a non-conference game on Tuesday (March 11) at 2 p.m. USC will then host Cal State Fullerton in a series, beginning on Friday (March 14) at 6 p.m. Saturday's game will be played at Edison International Field, home of the world champion Anaheim Angels, at 4 p.m. with the series concluding at Dedeaux Field on Sunday (March 16) at 1 p.m. All four games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.

USC	000-010-310   - 5-8-1UCLA   (10)00-201-04x - 17-20-0

WP - Whisler (2-4) LP - Dizard (2-2)Dizard, Cooper (1), Wentworth (1), Benavente (4), Quinonez (6), Aguilar (8) and Bonovich.Whisler, Silva (7), Botterman (8), Wilson (9) and Denove, Abney (9).T - 3:27 ATT - 1,197

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