Baseball Hosts Long Beach State, Looks to Avenge Loss

April 7, 2003

This Week's Match-up
April 8, vs. Long Beach State, 6:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
RHP Scott Shoemaker (0-1) vs. RHP Daniel Miltenberger (0-0)

Tentative Lineup
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Team leader with 42 hits.
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.) Hit two doubles vs. Wichita St. (3/22)
3B Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Jr.) Hit three home runs in Arizona series.
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 .351 batting average.
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 200, R/R, So.) Tied for team lead with six home runs.
C Chris Denove (6-1, 195, R/R, Fr.) 40 hits are second among Bruins.
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) Hit two home runs in Cal series.
P Daniel Miltenberger (6-0, 190, R/R, Fr.) Making first collegiate start.

Late Inning Letdowns Help California Take Two of Three From UCLA:
After posting a 10-2 victory on Friday night, the Bruins lost two leads over the weekend to finish 1-2 in the series with California.

Matt Thayer put together a career-night with three hits and five RBI on Friday. Along with Preston Griffin's three hits, the Bruin arsenal gave reliever Doug Silva the cushion he would need to post his fourth win of the season. He struck-out a career-high eight batter, without allowing a run in 5.2 innings.

The Bruins allowed a two-run lead slip away in the top of the ninth inning of which they could not rebound from on Saturday. Thayer once again provided the offensive spark with a third inning grand slam, the first of his career.

UCLA recorded nine runs in the second inning on Sunday, but could not score again as California chipped away to earn a 12-9 victory. Ryan McCarthy added the second grand slam of the series, while Brett McMillan and Brandon Averill also homered in the second frame.

About Long Beach State...
The 49ers enter the weekend with a 20-11 record after taking two out of three against Cal State Northridge last weekend. LBSU is ranked in every poll this week, including 10th in Baseball America.

Head Coach Mike Weathers is in his 2nd year as the head coach of the 49ers after guiding them to a record last season 39-21. On March 25th, Long Beach State defeated UCLA, 2-0 at Blair Field.

Top Players
Adam Heether (Jr., INF) .380, 3 HR, 15 RBI- Ripon, CA (Modesto JC)
Tim Hutting (Sr., INF) .358, 43 Hits, 22 RBI,- Newhall, CA (College of the Canyons)
Travis Udvarhelyi (Jr., OF) .330, 1 HR, 11 RBI- San Diego, CA (Grossmont College)
Troy Tulowitski (Fr., INF) .267, 2 HR, 18 RBI- Sunnyvale, CA (Fremont HS)
Brad Davis (So., C) .288, 1 HR, 10 RBI- Mission Viejo, CA (Capistrano Valley HS)
Steve Velazco (So., INF/OF) .282, 5 RBI, 8 SB- San Marcos, CA (La Jolla HS)

Starting Pitcher
Scott Shoemaker (Jr., RHP) 3.91, 0-1- San Diego, CA (Grossmont College)

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