Battle for the Gauntlet Begins, Bruins Host #18 USC in Nonconference Series

March 5, 2003

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This Week:
March 7, vs. USC, 5:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
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March 8, vs. USC, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
TV Broadcast on Fox Sports Net 2
March 9, vs. USC, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
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Next Week:
March 11, vs. Pacific, 3:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
March 12 vs. UC Riverside, 3:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium

Tentative Lineup
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) - Co-Outstanding Player at Fullerton.
2B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Jr.) - Hit two home runs vs. NC State (2/16)
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, So.) - Tied for Bruin lead with 18 RBI.
3B Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Jr.) - Hit first HR of 2003 vs. Texas. (2/28)
LF Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) - Batting a team-high .380.
CF Matt Thayer (5-10, 173, R/L, So.) - Team-high seven stolen bases.
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 200, R/R, So.) - All-tournament selection at TAMU.
C Chris Denove (6-1, 195, R/R, Fr.) - Tied for team lead in hits, 2B, and RBI.
DH Hector Ambriz (6-1, 220, R/R, Fr.) - Went 3-for-4, w/ 2 RBI vs. Tulane. (3/1)
P Mike Kunes (6-2 1/2, 215, L/L, Sr.) - Posted third win of 2003 vs. Texas.
P Casey Janssen (6-3, 185, R/R, Jr.) - Seven inning shutout vs. Utah. (2/22)
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) - Struck-out five in NC State start. (2/16)
P Hector Ambriz (6-1, 220, L/R, Fr.) - Had career-high eight strikeouts at TAMU.

Mike Kunes Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week:
Senior left-handed pitcher Mike Kunes was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday. It was the first such honor for Kunes this season and the second of his career.

Kunes earned his third win of 2003 with a seven-inning performance against defending national champion Texas on Friday. In his seven innings, Kunes allowed two runs on six hits and struck out five Longhorns to lead UCLA to a 13-2 victory.

Bruins Take Home Second At Kia Baseball Bash:
After crushing defending national champion Texas, 13-2 and 21st-ranked Tulane, 12-2, the Bruins fell short of capturing the Kia Baseball Bash title with 7-1 loss at the hands of second-ranked Cal State Fullerton.

Wes Whisler, who was the only player in the tournament with two home runs took home Co-Outstanding Player of the Week honors after hitting .417 with four RBI and five runs scored over the weekend.

Mike Kunes picked up his third win of the season after lasting seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits to the sixth-ranked Longhorns. He also struck out five batters on the day.

Casey Janssen also earned his third win with the Bruins 12-2 victory over Tulane. He only allowed two runs on five hits in six innings of work.

Along with Whisler, Chris Denove and Hector Ambriz were instrumental in leading the Bruins to post 26 runs over the three games. Denove recorded six hits, including one home run, five RBI and four runs for UCLA. Ambriz hit .500 with five hits and two RBI in his two starts over the weekend.

About USC...
The Trojans enter the weekend with a 8-8 record after dropping two games in a weekend series at Stanford. USC bounced back with a 7-2 win over visiting UNLV on Tuesday.

Head Coach Mike Gillespie is in his 17th year as the head coach of the Lions. He is 653-364-2 in his tenure at USC. The Trojans currently lead the series with the Bruins 216-96. Gillespie has a 61-37 mark against UCLA in his time at USC.

Top Players
Travis McAndrews (Sr., OF) .381, 2 HR, 11 RBI- El Segundo, CA (L.A. Harbor JC)
Joey Metropoulus (So., 3B) .323, 2 HR, 11 RBI- Jamul, CA (Monte Vista HS)
Anthony Lunetta (Sr., INF) .293, 3 HR, 10 RBI- Riverside, CA (Arlington HS)
Jeff Clement (Fr., C) .267, 8 HR, 17 RBI- Marshalltown, IA (Marshaltown HS)
David Gordon (Jr., OF) .314, 4 HR, 8 RBI- Northridge, CA (Chaminade HS)

Starting Pitchers
Brian Bannister (So., RHP) 2.67 ERA, 3-1 - Paradise Valley, AZ (Chaparral HS)
Bobby Paschal (Fr., LHP) 2.70 ERA, 0-3- Northridge, CA (Chaminade HS)

Baseball America
(March 3rd Poll)
1. Georgia Tech
2. Rice
3. Florida State
4. Arizona State*
5. Cal State Fullerton*
6. Baylor
7. Stanford*
8. Long Beach State*
9. Texas*
10. South Carolina
11. Wake Forest
12. Richmond
13. Auburn
14. Nebraska
15. Mississippi State
16. LSU
17. Notre Dame
18. USC*
19. Clemson
20. Miami
21. Kansas
22. North Carolina
23. Tulane*
24. Wichita State*
25. UNC Greensboro

* - Indicates 2003 Opponent

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