Bruins Return to Pac-10 Play, Host Oregon State

April 30, 2003

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This Week:
May 2, vs. Oregon State, 6:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium*
RHP Ben Rowe (3-5) vs. LHP Mike Kunes (4-1)
May 3, vs. Oregon State, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium*
LHP Jake Postlewait (2-0) vs. LHP Wes Whisler (3-5)
May 4, vs. Oregon State, 12:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium*
RHP Stephen Copeland (3-5) vs. RHP David Johnson (2-1)

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.

Bruins Hold Lions to Four Hits, Defeat LMU, 7-1:
Starter Casey Janssen allowed only four hits in five innings, while Chris Cordeiro and Bryan Beck combined for four no-hit frames as UCLA defeated LMU, 7-1. The win marked the first midweek win for the Bruins this season.

Offensively, a home run from Brett McMillan and a two-RBI single Jeff Abney catapulted the Bruins to victory, while a two-run homer from Billy Susdorf sealed the victory. The round-tripper was the eighth on the season for Susdorf, which ties him with Preston Griffin for the team lead. Ryan McCarthy also drove in a run for UCLA with the team's only multi-hit performance of the contest.

Bruins Fall to Top-Ranked Cal State Fullerton, 11-1:
The Bruins returned home on Tuesday after a seven-game road swing to fall, 11-1 to top-ranked Cal State Fullerton.Senior Warren Trott drove in the only Bruin run with the first home run of his career. Trott, along with Billy Susdorf led UCLA with two hits each. Starter Bryan Beck (1-2) took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in two innings of work.

Billy Susdorf Named MetRx/ Athlete of the Week:
Susdorf was named the MetRx/ Athlete of the Week on April 21st after leading UCLA to its first series victory over fourth-ranked Arizona State since 1999, guiding the Bruins to a 9-8 win on Thursday and an 8-7 extra-innings win on Friday. He hit .375 (6-for-16) over four games this past week and led the team with 11 total bases and a .688 slugging percentage. He had two doubles and a home run.

In Friday night's 13-inning victory over the Sun Devils, Susdorf drove in all three extra-inning runs with a solo home run in the 11th frame and a two-RBI double in the top of the 13th.

The honor was the first of Susdorf's career and the first given to a baseball player this season.

Tentative Lineup
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Leads UCLA with 52 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.) .539 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 nine stolen bases.
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 200, R/R, So.) Tied for team lead with eight homers.
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.) Team-high .362 batting average.
P Mike Kunes (6-2 1/2, 215, L/L, Sr.) Second on team with 50 strikeouts.
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Team-high 56.0 innings of work.
P David Johnson (6-5, 200, R/R, So.) Making first start of 2003.

About Oregon State...
The Beavers enter the week 18-22, 4-11 in Pac-10 action. Last weekend, Oregon State was spent in Corvallis by USC. OSU is still looking for its first Pac-10 series victory, as it took one game from Washington State, Washington, California and Stanford.

Head Coach Pat Casey is in his ninth year as the head coach of the Beavers, with a 239-175-4 mark heading into the season. In 2002, the Bruins claimed two of three at Goss Stadium.

Top Players
Seth Pietsch (Jr., OF) .333, 8 HR, 31 RBI- Wilderville, OR (Hidden Valley HS)
Tony Calderon (Jr., INF) .388, 4 HR, 35 RBI- Orange, CA (Santa Ana JC)
Andy Jarvis (Sr., 1B) .354, 4 HR, 37 RBI- Renton, WA (Tigard HS)
Chris Biles (Sr., OF) .362, 1 HR, 20 RBI- Tigard, OR (Tigard HS)

Starting Pitchers
Ben Rowe (Jr., RHP) 5.71, 3-5- Perth, Australia (Greenwood HS)
Jake Postlewait (Jr., LHP) 3.55, 2-0- Corvallis, OR (Corvallis HS)
Stephen Copeland (Sr., RHP) 7.45, 3-5- Keizer, OR (McNary HS)

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