Baseball Travels to #5 Long Beach State

March 24, 2003

This 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*

Next Week:
April 4, vs. California, 6:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium*
April 5, vs. California, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium*
April 6, vs. California, 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 Sean Carpenter (6-0, 165, R/R, Fr.) Career-high 4 RBI vs. Wichita St. (3/23)
CF Matt Thayer (5-10, 173, R/L, So.) Team-high .551 slugging percentage.
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 34 hits.
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) Went 3-for-5 vs. Wichita State. (3/23)
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.) Second on team with 29 strikeouts.

Bruin Baseball On The Air:
UCLA's Pacific-10 conference games will be live internet broadcast at Tony Luftman will bring you the action along with guest color commentators, including Craig Duncan and former Bruin pitcher Tim Leary.

Bruins Sweep #29 Wichita State in Two Game Series:
UCLA hit .361 over the two game series to defeat #29 Wichita State 9-7 and 11-10. As has been a characteristic of UCLA this season, the Bruins used big first innings in both games to lead them to their victories.

After UCLA posted four first inning runs, Saturday starter Mike Kunes silenced the Shocker attack with a career-high nine strikeouts in four innings of work. Home runs from Brett McMillan and Chris Denove, along with three hits from both Preston Griffin and Wes Whisler led the Bruins to the victory.

A seven run first inning, which was highlighted by two singles from McMillan gave the Bruins the edge they needed in Sunday's contest. Freshman Sean Carpenter posted a career-high four RBI, including three in the first inning to spearhead the Bruin attack.

About Long Beach State...
The 49ers enter the weekend with a 16-7 record and winners of five of their last six games. Long Beach State also heads to Westwood ranked in the top 10 in every poll.

Head Coach Mike Weathers is in his 2nd year as the head coach of the 49ers. He led Long Beach State to a 39-21 mark last season and is 318-301-1 as a head coach. In the series, UCLA holds a 40-22 advantage over the 49ers. The teams split their meetings last season, with each picking up a win.

Top Players
Adam Heether (Jr., INF) .429, 3 HR, 14 RBI- Ripon, CA (Modesto JC)
Tim Hutting (Sr., INF) .387, 36 H, 21 RBI- Newhall, CA (College of the Canyons)
Travis Udvarhelyi (Jr., OF) .309, 21 H, 10 RBI- San Diego, CA (Grossmont College)
John Bowker (Fr., OF) .300, 2 HR, 11 RBI- Sacramento, CA (Rio Americano HS)Troy Tulowitzki (Fr., INF) .271, 1 HR, 13 RBI- Sunnyvale, CA (Fremont HS)

Starting Pitcher
Jered Weaver (So., RHP) 2.54 ERA, 5-2- Simi Valley, CA (Simi Valley HS)

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