UCLA Baseball Hosts Midweek Match-ups with Pacific and UC Riverside

March 10, 2003

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This Week:
March 11, vs. Pacific, 3:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
March 12 vs. UC Riverside, 3:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium

Exhibition Cancelled:
Thursday's scheduled game with Keio University of Japan has been cancelled due to time constraints. Keio's trip to the United States was cut short and the match-up will not be rescheduled.

Bruins Claim Series Victory Over #18 USC:
For the first time since 2000, UCLA won two games in a three game series against crosstown rival #18 USC.

Friday's 7-4 victory marked the first victory over the Trojans in their last 11 meetings. The Bruins posted five runs in the first inning, including three from a Billy Susdorf home run, to build their lead. Mike Kunes earned his fourth win of the season and tied a career-high with seven strikeouts.

Despite hitting three home runs, the Bruins were unable to claim a victory on Saturday, falling 9-6. USC hit three home runs in the first two innings to build a 5-0 lead UCLA could not overcome.

Wes Whisler threw six innings allowing only one hit and UCLA posted 10 first inning runs to rout the Trojans 17-5. It was the largest UCLA margin of victory in the series since 1992. Preston Griffin, Chris Denove, Brandon Averill, and Ryan McCarthy each had three hits, while Matt Thayer led the team with four RBI.

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.

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.) Career-high 4 runs vs. USC. (3/9)
3B Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Jr.) 3-for-4, with 2 RBI and 2 R. (3/9, USC)
LF Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) Batting a team-high .364.
CF Matt Thayer (5-10, 173, R/L, So.) Team-high seven stolen bases.
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 200, R/R, So.) Tied for team lead with 4 home runs.
C Chris Denove (6-1, 195, R/R, Fr.) Leads team with 30 hits.
DH Hector Ambriz (6-1, 220, L/R, Fr.) Went 3-for-4, w/ 2 RBI vs. Tulane. (3/1)
P Hector Ambriz (6-1, 220, L/R, Fr.) Had career-high eight strikeouts at TAMU.
P Bryan Beck (6-5, 220, R/R, So.) Only allowed one hit in only start of 2003. (2/24)
P Doug Silva (5-11, 200, R/R, Sr.) Allowed two hits in 5.1 inn. vs. #2 CSUF. (3/2)
P David Johnson (6-5, 200, R/R, So.) Six strikeouts in 2.2 inn. at Hawaii. (2/8)

About Pacific...
The Tigers enter the week with a 15-6 record after splitting two games at Nevada over the weekend. Pacific won six in a row from February 21-28, including five over Coppin State.

Head Coach Quincey Noble is in his 14th year as the head coach of the Tigers. He is 326-363-1 in his tenure at Pacific. The Tigers and Bruins have not met since 1987 when UCLA defeated Pacific 8-3 at Jackie Robinson Stadium in the only meeting between the teams.

Top Players
Chase Headley (Fr., INF) .359, 23 H, 5 RBI- Fountain, CO (Fountain - Fort Carson HS)
Cory Lake (Sr., 2B) .462, 12 RBI- Kennewick, WA (Columbia Basin College)
Aaron Harper (Jr., 3B) .338, 27 H, 16 RBI- Richland, WA (Columbia Basin College)
Andy Willick (Jr., RHP) 1.32 ERA, 2-0, 3 Saves- Roseville, CA (American River JC)
Sergio Silva (Jr., RHP) 2.12 ERA, 2-1, 1 Save- Lindsay, CA (College of the Sequoias)
Jesse Kovacs (So., SS) .323, 21 H, 11 RBI- Carmel, CA (Cowley Country JC)

Starting Pitcher
Jason Godkin (Sr., LHP) 2.49 ERA, 3-1 - San Leandro, CA (Chabot JC)

About UC Riverside...
The Highlanders enter the week with a 16-3 record after winning the Riverside RBI Tournament last weekend. UCR has won eight of its last nine games, falling only to Pepperdine.

Head Coach Jack Smitheran is in his 14th year as the head coach of the Tigers. He is 916-671-3 in his tenure in Riverside. The Highlanders defeated UCLA in their first meeting this season, 8-3. Overall, the Bruins lead the series 5-3.

Top Players
Brian Wahlbrink (Sr., CF) .427, 3 HR, 16 RBI- Anaheim, CA (Orange Coast College)
Ryan Harvey (Jr., OF) .405, 4 HR, 16 RBI- Riverside, CA (Riverside CC)
Kevin Mangels (So., 1B) .400, 5 HR, 19 RBI- Danville, CA (Chabot College)
Haley Winter (Fr., RHP) 3.12 ERA, 2-1, 2 Saves- Oakland, CA (Miramonte HS)
Randy Blood (Sr., 2B) .397, 2 HR, 20 RBI- Costa Mesa, CA (Calvary Chapel HS)
John Martinez (Jr., RHP) 3.38 ERA, 1-0- Perris, CA (Riverside CC)

Starting Pitcher
Julio Fernandez (Sr., RHP) 5.19 ERA, 1-0 - Ontario, CA (Chaffey HS)

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