Bruins Head to the Islands, Face Hawaii-Hilo

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Feb. 24, 2004

This Week's Games:
February 26, vs. Hawaii-Hilo, at Wong Stadium, 1:00 p.m.
LHP John Matson (1-1) vs. RHP Hector Ambriz (1-1)
February 27, vs. Hawaii-Hilo, at Wong Stadium, 1:00 p.m.
TBA vs. RHP Casey Janssen (2-0)
February 28, vs. Hawaii-Hilo, at Simmons Field, 1:00 p.m.
TBA vs. RHP Bryan Beck (0-0)
February 29, vs. Hawaii-Hilo, at Simmons Field, 1:00 p.m.
RHP Clay Daugherty (0-3) vs. LHP Wes Whisler (0-0)

Tentative Lineup -2004 Notes
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.) Second team All American
2B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Sr.) Driven in five runs in seven games
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, Jr.) Started all eight games at shortstop
3B Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Sr.) Pac-10 Player of the Week (2/17)
LF Matt Thayer (5-10, 180, R/L, Jr.) .414 on base percentage
CF Chad Concolino (5-11, 185, R/R, Sr.) One of the 2004 co-captains
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 215, R/R, Jr.) Leads team with five stolen bases
C Chris Denove (6-1, 202, R/R, So.) Four multiple hit games
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 225, L/L, So.) Went 3-for-3 on February 24
P Hector Ambriz (6-2, 210, L/R, So.) Picked up opening day win (2/3)
P Casey Janssen (6-4, 210, R/R, Sr.) Struck out 27 batters in 18 innings
P Bryan Beck (6-6, 220, R/R, Jr.) Career-high seven strikeouts on 2/15
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.) Second team All American

Bruins Win 8-6 Slugfest With Pepperdine:
UCLA hit three solo home runs in the first inning and came back from a three-run deficit in the sixth inning to earn an 8-6 win over the Waves.

Chad Concolino, Billy Susdorf and Hector Ambriz all homered in the first frame, while Ambriz led the team with three RBI on the day. Brett McMillan went 3-for-3 as the Bruins recorded 13 hits as a team.

Brant Rustich picked up his first collegiate win after pitching a career-high 3.2 innings and striking out a career-high five batters.

Bruins Split A Pair With Pacific in Rainy Weekend Series:
Casey Janssen hurled an eight-inning, 10 strikeout performance on Friday night to lift UCLA to a 6-1 victory over Pacific. Saturday's starter Alex Graham returned the favor with a complete game in which he held the Bruins to two hits en route to a 7-0 Tiger win. The teams tried to beat an incoming storm by scheduling a double- header on Saturday, but the rain cut short the second game as UCLA trailed 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth frame. The game is not likely to be rescheduled.

Friday night featured 11 Bruin hits, as senior Chad Concolino hit two doubles and three other Bruins had multiple hit games. Preston Griffin went two-for two at the plate with two doubles of his own along with two runs driven in.

On Saturday, Wes Whisler and Billy Susdorf were the only Bruins to record hits against Graham.

About Hawaii-Hilo
The Vulcans enter the week with 4-15 record after losing three straight to Hawaii last weekend.

Head Coach Joey Estrella is in his 27th year as the head coach of Hawaii-Hilo. The teams have not met since the 2002 season when the Bruins won two games in Hawaii. Over the course of the series, UCLA has built an eight-game advantage with an 8-0 record against Vulcans.

Top Players
Johnny Dudoit (Jr., INF) .400, 21 RBI- Kaunanakai, Molokai (Molokai HS)
Sean Tamura (Jr., OF) .387, 6 RBI- Kapaa, HI (Kapaa HS)
Patrick Hawkins (Jr., INF) .348, 2 RBI- Terre Haute, IN (Indiana State)
Kaliko Oligo (Sr., OF) .220, 9 RBI- Kekaha, HI (Waimea HS)

Starting Pitchers
John Matson (Jr., LHP ) 2.88 ERA, 1-1- Bellevue, WA (Bellevue CC)
Scott Seigfried (Jr., LHP ) 7.40 ERA, 0-3- Fremont, CA (Ohlone College)
Brian Ebbs (Sr., RHP ) 9.60 ERA, 0-2- Tacoma, WA (Tacoma, CC)
Clay Daugherty (Sr., RHP ) 6.30 ERA, 0-3- Cleveland, OK (Southern Nazarene)

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