Baseball Continues Road Swing, Heads To First-Place Stanford

May 15, 2003

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This Week:
May 16, at Stanford, 6:00 p.m., Sunken Diamond*
RHP Casey Janssen (5-5) vs. RHP John Hudgins (7-3)
May 17, at Stanford, 1:00 p.m., Sunken Diamond*
LHP Wes Whisler (3-6) vs. LHP Mark Romanczuk (9-0)
May 18, at Stanford, 1:00 p.m., Sunken Diamond*

Tentative Lineup
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Only Bruin to start every game.
2B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Jr.) Errorless in Pac-10 action.
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, So.) Four hits vs.OSU (5/3)
3B Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Jr.) Hit .455 last weekend (team-high).
LF Chris Jensen (6-1, 185, L/R, So.) Only Bruin to homer vs. Washington.
CF Matt Thayer (5-10, 173, R/L, So.) Team-high nine stolen bases.
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 200, R/R, So.) Leads team with 62 hits.
C Warren Trott (6-1, 188, B/R, Sr.) Second on team, hitting .346.
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) Leads team with 14 doubles.
P Casey Janssen (6-3, 185, R/R, Jr.) Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. (5/12)
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Threw first CG of 2003 (5/10)

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.

Ninth-Inning Rally Brings Bruins a 4-3 Win Over Pepperdine:
Sean Carpenter scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning to lift UCLA to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Pepperdine on Tuesday.

Trailing 3-2, a lead-off walk to Ryan McCarthy and infield singles from Brandon Averill and Adam Simon loaded the bases with no outs in the final frame. Preston Griffin drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly. After a strikeout, Billy Susdorf walked to load the bases again before Carpenter scored during Wes Whisler's at-bat.

Averill homered in the sixth for his eighth of the season which ranks first on the team along with Griffin and Susdorf.

Junior right-hander Mike Castillo picked up his first win of 2003 after pitching three perfect innings. Doug Silva earned his third save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Janssen Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week:
Junior right-hander Casey Janssen was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 5-11th. The honor is the first of Janssen's career and the second for a Bruin this season (Mike Kunes - March 4th).

The Fountain Valley native struck out a season high 11 batters in seven innings of action in UCLA's 5-4 win over Washington on Friday night. He allowed only one walk and five hits in his appearance to earn his fifth win of 2003.

Janssen currently leads the Bruins with 67 strikeouts on the season, which ranks fourth in the conference. Friday night marked his second double-digit strikeout performance of the season after fanning ten batters in his season debut at Cal State Northridge on February 2nd.

About Stanford...
The Cardinal enter the weekend 36-14, 16-5 in Pac-10 action. Last weekend, Stanford swept California in a three-game conference series. Currently on an eight-game winning streak, the Cardinal have only lost one Pac-10 series this year.

Head Coach Mark Marquess is in his 27th year as the head coach of the Cardinal, with a 1093-533-5 mark heading into the season. Last season, Stanford won two of three games at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Top Players
Carlos Quentin (Jr., OF) .401, 7 HR, 41 RBI- Chula Vista, CA (Univ. of San Diego HS)
Ryan Garko (Sr., C) .387, 14 HR, 72 RBI- Walnut, CA (Servite HS)
Sam Fuld (Jr., OF) .321, 2 HR, 26 RBI- Durham, NH (Phillips Exeter Academy)
John Mayberry Jr. (Fr., INF) .311, 4 HR, 33 RBI- Kansas City, MO (Rockhurst HS)
Danny Putnam (So., OF) .353, 9 HR, 39 RBI- Escondido, CA (Rancho Bernardo HS)

Starting Pitchers
John Hudgins (Jr., RHP) 3.49 ERA, 7-3- Mission Viejo, CA (Mission Viejo HS)
Mark Romanczuk (Fr., LHP) 3.63 ERA, 9-0- Newark, DE (St. Mark's HS)

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