Baseball Hosts #29 Wichita State After Winter Finals Break

March 20, 2003

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This Week:
March 22, vs. Wichita State, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
March 23, vs. Wichita State, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium

Next Week:
March 25, vs. Long Beach State, 6:30 p.m., Blair Field
March 28, vs. Arizona, 6:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium*
March 29, vs. Arizona, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium*
March 30, vs. Arizona, 1:00 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.) Set new career-high w/6 RBI vs. UCR.
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, So.) Career-high four runs vs. USC. (3/9)
3B Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Jr.) Pac-10 Player of the Week. (3/11)
LF Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) Leads team w/ seven doubles.
CF Matt Thayer (5-10, 173, R/L, So.) Batting a team-high .354.
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 200, R/R, So.) Team-high seven multiple RBI games.
C Chris Denove (6-1, 195, R/R, Fr.) Leads team with 31 hits.
DH Hector Ambriz (6-1, 220, L/R, Fr.) Went 3-for-4, w/ 2 RBI vs. Tulane. (3/1)
P Mike Kunes (6-2 1/2, 215, L/L, Sr.) Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. (3/4)
P Chris Cordeiro (6-4, 193, R/R, Jr.) Team-low 0.96 ERA.
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Allowed one hit in six inn. (3/9, USC)
P Casey Janssen (6-3, 185, R/R, Jr.) Leads team with 29 strikeouts.

Bruins Fail To Pick Up Midweek Win, Fall To Pacific and UC Riverside:
UCLA did not complete its quest to nab its first midweek victory of the season with defeats at the hands of Pacific (8-4) and UC Riverside (10-6).

Hector Ambriz allowed five runs in the first five innings in his fifth loss of the season. UCLA was unable to respond as Tiger starter Sergio Silva only gave up two runs in seven innings of work. Brett McMillan led the Bruins, going 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored.

On Wednesday, UCLA was held hitless by Highlander starter Julio Fernandez until the sixth inning, while the UCR offense posted eight runs over in the first two innings. The Bruin arsenal scored four runs in the ninth off Preston Griffin's grand slan, but the rally would fall short. Griffin highlighted the day for UCLA, driving in every run of the contest, to set a new career high. Chris Cordeiro managed to quiet the potent UCR attack, striking out a career-high seven in five innings of action.

Brandon Averill Named Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Brandon Averill (Orange/Villa Park HS) hit .417 (5-for-12) over the weekend and led the team with seven RBI in UCLA's 2-1 series win over No. 18 USC. Averill finished the series with a team-high two doubles and 10 total bases. He also added a three-run home run, his second of the season, and scored three runs. The honor was the first of Averill's career.

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.

About Wichita State...
The Shockers enter the weekend with a 14-6 record after splitting two games at top-ranked Arizona State earlier this week. Wichita State also heads to Westwood ranked 29th by Collegiate Baseball.

Head Coach Gene Stephenson is in his 26th year as the head coach of the Shockers. He is 1,357-422-3 in his 25 seasons. His .762 winning percentage is tops among active Division I programs. The teams have met twice before, with each team claiming a win.

Top Players
Drew Moffitt (Jr., OF) .239, 5 HR, 23 RBI- McPherson, KS (McPherson HS)
Brandon Green (Jr., INF) .410, 32 H, 13 RBI- Adair, OK (Adair HS)
Logan Sorensen (Jr., 1B) .313, 5 HR, 17 RBI- Riverton, UT (Bingham HS)
Phil Napolitan (So., OF/2B) .347, 12 RBI, 10 SB- Page, AZ (Seminole State)
Nick McCoola (So., SS/2B) .339, 4 2B, 9 RBI- Durango, CO (Durango HS)
Cody Clark (Jr., C/3B) .324, 3 3B, 14 RBI- Fayetteville, AK (Arkansas)

Possible Starting Pitchers
Mike Pelfrey (Fr., RHP) 3.08 ERA, 2-1- Wichita, KS (Heights HS)
David Sanders (Jr., LHP) 4.26 ERA, 3-0- Tulsa, OK (Jenks HS)
Steve Uhlmansiek (Fr., LHP) 3.68 ERA, 3-1- Albuquerque, NM (La Cueva HS)

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