Trojans Battle Bruins In Cross-Town Showdown This Weekend At Dedeaux Field

April 10, 2003

LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team (15-17, 2-4 Pac-10) - winner of 12 NCAA championships, more than twice as many as any other school - will conclude a nine-game homestand this weekend with a Pac-10 Conference series against UCLA (17-19, 3-3), beginning on Friday (April 11) at 6 p.m. with 1 p.m. starts for Saturday (April 12) and Sunday (April 13). Saturday's game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Net 2 with Tom Kelly and John Jackson calling the action.

This Weekend's RotationFriday, April 11 vs. UCLA - Dedeaux Field - 6:00 p.m.LHP Bobby Paschal (2-4, 3.74) vs. LHP Mike Kunes (4-1, 5.18)Saturday, April 12 vs. UCLA - Dedeaux Field - 1:00 p.m. (FSN2)RHP Brian Bannister (3-3, 4.70) vs. LHP Wes Whisler (3-4, 4.60)Sunday, April 13 vs. UCLA - Dedeaux Field - 1:00 p.m.TBA vs. RHP Casey Janssen (3-3, 5.82)

UCLA NOTES - UCLA is 17-19 on the season after losing two of three at home last weekend against California and losing to Long Beach State, 5-3, at home on Tuesday. Head coach Gary Adams is 939-781-8 in his 29th season at UCLA. The team is batting .291 while its pitching staff has a 5.09 ERA. Sophomore outfielder Matt Thayer is batting .350 (41-for-117) with five home runs and 30 RBI. USC leads the all-time series with UCLA by a 217-98 margin. The Bruins took two of three from the Trojans in non-conference action from March 7-9 at Jackie Robinson Stadium (7-4, 6-9, 17-5).

LEXUS GAUNTLET - The battle for the Lexus Gauntlet trophy encompasses a season-long all-sports competition between USC and UCLA in which the Trojans and Bruins compete against each other in 18 sports. Five points are awarded to the winner of the each sport's season series or, for those sports that don't meet head-to-head, the team that places higher in the conference championship (10 points are awarded in football, men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball). UCLA has the lead after taking two of three games against USC on March 7-9 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Five points are at stake this weekend with USC needing two wins to split the season series or a series sweep to gain all five points. The Southern California Lexus Dealer Association is the title sponsor of every USC-UCLA athletic competition. This is the first time the two universities have partnered with a corporate entity for complete rivalry sponsorship. In the fall of 2001, the schools signed a 4-year contract of undisclosed terms with Lexus, America's best-selling luxury automotive manufacturer for two years in a row.

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