Baseball Faces First Ranked Opponent, Travels To Fullerton

Feb. 11, 2003

This Week: 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

Next Week: February 18, @ UC Santa Barbara, 2:00 p.m., Cesar Uyesaka Stadium
Febraury 21, @Texas A&M Tournament (vs. Texas A&M), 7:00 p.m.
February 22, @ Texas A&M Tournament (vs. Utah), 10:00 a.m.
February 22, @ Texas A&M Tournament (vs. Creighton), 1:00 p.m.
February 23, @Texas A&M Tournament (vs. Utah), 1:00 p.m.
Feburary 24, @ Texas A&M Tournament (vs. Creighton), 10:00 a.m.
February 24, @ Texas A&M Tournament (vs. Texas A&M ), 8:00 p.m.

Tentative Lineup
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Team-high two RBI at Hawaii (2/9)
2B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Jr.) Has hit safely in all seven games.
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, So.) Hit first collegiate home run at CSUN.
3B Sean Carpenter (6-0, 165, R/R, Fr.) Stole three bases at CSUN. (2/2)
LF Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) Went three-for-four at Hawaii on 2/9.
CF Matt Thayer (5-10, 173, R/L, So.) Hitting .308 with three stolen bases.
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 200, R/R, So.) Pac-10 Player of the Week after CSUN.
C Chris Denove (6-1, 195, R/R, Fr.) Leads team with 12 hits, 11 RBI.
DH Casey Janssen (6-3, 185, R/R, Jr.) Tied for team lead with five walks.
P Mike Kunes (6-2 1/2, 215, L/L, Sr.) 2003 team-high 6.1 innings in Hawaii.
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Struck-out five in opening day start.
P Casey Janssen (6-3, 185, R/R, Jr.) Recorded 10 strikeouts at CSUN (2/2).
P Chris Cordeiro (6-4, 193, R/R, Jr.) Wednesday's Starter (0.00 ERA, 0-0, 5 SO)

Bruins Drop Two In Hawaii:
UCLA's trip to the Hawaiian Islands did not go as planned as the Bruins dropped two games to Hawaii. On Friday, UCLA posted five runs in the opening two innings, but was unable to score again as the Rainbows won 11-5. The teams stayed close on Saturday, tied at 4-4 heading into the ninth. However, Sean Carpenter hit a single, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to give UCLA the 5-4 win. David Johnson pitched the final 2.2 innings, striking out six in the win.

Hawaii scored six runs in the first four innings and the Bruins were unable respond, falling 8-3 in the series finale.

Second baseman Preston Griffin stretched his hit streak to seven with three multi-hit performances in Hawaii. He went three-for-four on Sunday with a double and hit .538 for the series.

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.

CSUN Series:
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.

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.

About Cal State Fullerton...
The Titans enter the week as one of the hottest teams in the country and ranked as high as third in the Collegiate Baseball poll. Led by preseason All-Americans Wes Littleton, Shane Costa and Chad Cordero, Cal State Fullerton is currently 6-0 after sweeps of then third-ranked Stanford and Fresno State.

Head Coach George Horton is in his seventh year as the head coach in Fullerton. He is 259-116-1 during his tenure. Horton is 9-2 against the Bruins.

Top Returners (2002 Stats)
Richie Burgos (Jr. INF) .346, 3 HR, 35 RBI
- Glendora, CA (Bishop Amat HS)
Chad Cordero (Jr., RHP) 2.91, 4-3, 12 Saves
- Chino, CA (Don Lugo HS)
Shane Costa (Jr., OF) .365, 4 HR, 40 RBI
- Visalia, CA (Golden West HS)
Wes Littleton (Jr., RHP) 2.40, 9-4, 86 SO
- Oceanside, CA (Vista HS)
Darric Merrell (Jr., RHP) 6.16 ERA, 7-5
- Temecula, CA (Temecula Valley HS)
Justin Smyres (Sr., INF) .286, 3 HR, 21 RBI
- Paso Robles, CA (Cuesta College)

Starting Pitcher
Ricky Romero (Fr., LHP)- East Los Angeles, CA (Roosevelt HS)

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.

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