Baseball Starts Nine Game Road Trip, Heads to USC

April 10, 2003

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This Week:
April 11, vs. USC, 6:00 p.m., Dedeaux Field*
LHP Mike Kunes (4-1) vs. RHP Bobby Paschal (2-4)
April 12, vs. USC, 1:00 p.m., Dedeaux Field*
LHP Wes Whisler (3-4) vs. RHP Brian Bannister (3-3)
Television Broadcast on Fox Sports Net 2
April 13, vs. USC, 1:00 p.m., Dedeaux Field*
RHP Casey Janssen (3-3) vs. TBA

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 Adam Simon (5-9, 161, R/R, Fr.) Broke into lineup vs. California.
CF Matt Thayer (5-10, 173, R/L, So.) Team-high .351 batting average.
RF Sean Carpenter (6-0, 165, R/R, Fr.) Career-high 4 RBI vs. Wichita St. (3/23)
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 Mike Kunes (6-2 1/2, 215, L/L, Sr.) Tied for team lead with four wins.
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Team-high 45 innings pitched.
P Casey Janssen (6-3, 185, R/R, Jr.) Second on team with 38 strikeouts.

Bruins Fall 5-3 in Midweek Matchup with #11 Long Beach State
The 49ers posted four runs in the top of the eighth inning to overcome a UCLA 3-1 lead to claim the victory. Reliever Chris Cordeiro (0-2) was charged with the loss in only his second decision in 13 apperances.

Catcher Chris Denove blasted a solo home run in the second inning, marking his fifth of the season. Designated hitter Brett McMillan and outfielder Sean Carpenter highlighted the UCLA offense with two hits apiece.

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.

The Lexus Gauntlet
This weekend's meetings with USC will mark the final of six competitions that will count in the year-long Lexus Gauntlet Trophy competition. The Lexus Gauntlet Trophy will be awarded to the institution that wins the most head-to-head competitions in all sports between the schools.

In the race for the five baseball points, the Bruins lead after taking two of three meetings at Jackie Robinson Stadium on March 7-9. UCLA needs a victory this weekend to secure a split of the points, while winning two this weekend would give the Bruins all five points.

Currently, USC leads UCLA 47.5 to 37.5. The Bruins have claimed victories in men's water polo, women's soccer and women's cross country along with earning five of ten points from women's basketball. UCLA also leads the race in men's volleyball and men's tennis which are currently in season.

For more information on the Trophy and current point standings, go to

About USC...
The Trojans enter the weekend with a 15-17 record after falling to San Diego earlier this week. USC is 2-4 in Pac-10 play after claiming a victory over #3 Arizona State and Arizona. The Trojans were idle last weekend.

Head Coach Mike Gillespie is in his 17th year as the head coach of the Trojans, with a 645-356-2 mark heading into 2003. He owns a 62-39 record against the Bruins, while USC holds a 217-98 advantage over UCLA.

Top Players
Anthony Lunetta (Sr., SS) .364, 5 HR, 16 RBI- Riverside, CA (Arlington HS)
Travis McAndrews (Sr., OF) .333, 3 HR, 16 RBI- El Segundo, CA (LA Harbor JC)
Jeff Clement (Fr., C) .333, 15 HR, 33 RBI- Marshalltown, IA (Marshalltown HS)
Joey Metropoulos (So., 1B) .311, 7 HR, 25 RBI- Jamul, CA (Monte Vista HS)
David Gordon (So., C) .292, 8 HR, 17 RBI- Sacramento, CA (Sacramento CC)

Starting Pitchers
Bobby Paschal (Fr., LHP) 3.74 ERA, 2-4- Northridge, CA (Chaminade HS)
Brian Bannister (Jr. RHP) 4.61 ERA, 3-3- Paradise Valley, AZ (Chapparral HS)

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