Baseball Opens Pac-10 Play, Hosts #17 Arizona

March 26, 2003

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This Week:
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*

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.

Pitcher's Duel Gets the Best of the Bruins, Fall 2-0 at #5 Long Beach State:
UCLA was held to three hits, while 49er starter Jered Weaver struck out ten Bruins in the first six innings to led Long Beach State to a 2-0 victory.

Bruin starter Wes Whisler threw three innings, allowing only one hit. Casey Janssen relieved him and was credited with the loss after allowing one unearned run. Whisler was also the UCLA highlight at the plate with two of the Bruins' three hits.

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.

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 .533 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 Chris Cordeiro (6-4, 193, R/R, Jr.) Team-low 3.10 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.) Second on team with 31 strikeouts.

About Arizona...
The Wildcats enter the weekend with a 21-8 record and winners of nine of their last 10 games. Arizona opened its Pac-10 season last weekend with a 2-1 series win over USC. It marked their first series victory over the Trojans since 1993.

Head Coach and former Bruin Andy Lopez is in his 2nd year as the head coach of the Wildcats after leading them to a 31-24 mark in 2002. In the series, UCLA holds a 74-66 advantage over Arizona, with a 44-25 record at home.

Top Players
Jeff Van Houten (So., OF) .419, 6 HR, 38 RBI- Paradise Valley, AZ (Chapparral HS)
Brad Boyer (Fr., INF) .398, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 12 SB- Camarillo, CA (Camarillo HS)
Brian Anderson (Jr., OF) .375, 8 HR, 25 RBI- Tucson, AZ (Canyon Del Oro HS)
Moises Duran (Jr., INF) .316, 6 HR, 35 RBI- Tucson, AZ (Sunnyside HS)
Nick Hundley (Fr., C) .387, 1 HR, 15 RBI- Redmond, WA (Lake Washington HS)

Starting Pitchers
Joe Little (Jr., LHP) 3.06 ERA, 4-2- Arvada, CO (Central HS)
Richie Gardner (Jr., RHP) 2.19 ERA, 6-0- Santa Rosa, CA (Santa Rosa JC)
Kevin Guyette (Fr., RHP) 1.24 ERA, 2-1- Paradise Valley, AZ (Georgia Tech)

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