Bruins Return Home, Face Top-Ranked Cal State Fullerton

April 21, 2003

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This Week:
April 22, vs. Cal State Fullerton, 6:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
RHP Darric Merrell (3-0) vs. RHP Bryan Beck (1-1)

Tentative Lineup
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Leads UCLA with 51 hits.
2B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Jr.) Homered twice in ASU series.
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, So.) Hit three run HR at ASU. (4/17)
3B Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Jr.) .545 slugging % tops on team.
LF Chris Jensen (6-1, 185, L/R, So.) Hit .300 in ASU series.
CF Matt Thayer (5-10, 173, R/L, So.) Team-high eight stolen bases.
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 200, R/R, So.) athlete of the week.
C Jeff Abney (6-1, 200, R/R, Fr.) Set career-high with two hits. (4/18)
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) Has hit safely in last nine games.
P Bryan Beck (6-5, 220, R/R, So.) Third on team with 3.95 ERA.

Bruin Baseball On The Air:
UCLA's Pacific-10 conference games and tomorrow's match-up with the Titans, 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.

UCLA Takes First Series Win over #4 Arizona State Since 1999:
The Bruins posted one-run wins on Thursday and Friday before losing on Saturday to take their first series win over the Sun Devils since 1999.

Trailing 4-0 after the first inning, the Bruins rallied to defeat ASU, 9-8 in the first game. Chris Jensen and Brandon Averill hit back-to-back doubles in the top of the ninth inning before Jensen score the winning run on a wild pitch. Home runs from Wes Whisler and Ryan McCarthy drove in five UCLA runs.

In Friday night's 13-inning marathon, Billy Susdorf drove in all three extra-inning runs, on a solo homer and two-RBI double, to lead UCLA to a 8-7 victory. Susdorf and Brett McMillan led the Bruins with three hits apiece.

Saturday saw the Sun Devils jump out to a 9-0 lead which the Bruins could not overcome, falling 17-1. Preston Griffin's team-leading eighth home run of the season was UCLA's only run. McMillan extended his hitting streak to nine games, which is the longest on the team this season.

About Cal State Fullerton...
The top-ranked Titans enter the week 34-8, 8-1 in Big West action. They are currently on a six-game winning streak. The Titans are ranked atop both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America polls for the first time in 2003.

Head Coach George Horton is in his seventh year as the head coach of the Titans, with a 259-116-1 mark heading into the season. In his career, he has posted a 11-2 record against the Bruins, including two wins this season.

Top Players
Danny Dorn (Fr., OF) .379, 6 HR, 49 RBI- Diamond Bar, CA (Diamond Bar HS)
Shane Costa (Jr., OF) .351, 4 HR, 43 RBI- Visalia, CA (Golden West HS)
Sergio Pedroza (Fr., OF) .374, 4 HR, 23 RBI- Covina, CA (Northview HS)
Ronnie Prettyman (So., INF) .384, 61 H, 21 RBI- Los Alamitos, CA (Cerritos College)
Kyle Boyer (Jr., OF) .342, 3 HR, 36 RBI- Temecula, CA (Temecula Valley HS)
Richie Burgos (So., INF) .333, 2 HR, 32 RBI- Glendora, CA (Bishop Amat HS)

Starting Pitcher
Darric Merill (Jr., RHP) 4.19 ERA, 3-0- Temecula, CA (Temecula Valley HS)

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