Bruins Travel to the Bay Area, Face California

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April 21, 2004

This Week's Games:
April 23, vs. California, at Evans Diamond, 2:30 p.m.
RHP Casey Janssen (6-2) vs. RHP Adam Gold (6-4)
April 24, vs. California, at Evans Diamond, 1:00 p.m.
RHP Bryan Beck (2-3) vs. RHP Mike Padgett (3-5)
April 25, vs. California, at Evans Diamond, 1:00 p.m.
LHP Wes Whisler (1-3) vs. TBA

Rising Bruins Head to California For Conference Series:
The Bruins, winners of seven of their last ten games, will travel to Berkeley this weekend to take on California.

Each game of the series can be heard on with Dave Marcus and Chris Pritchett calling the action.

Brophy Shuts Down Titans as UCLA Wins 12 Inning Contest, 5-4:
Kevin Brophy struck out a career-high three batters and did not allow a run in the final 2.2 innings of the game lead UCLA to a 5-4 win at Cal State Fullerton. With the win, the freshman improved to 5-0 on the year.

Josh Roenicke knocked in the game winner in the top of the 12th frame to seal the win for the Bruins. Brett McMillan, Ryan McCarthy and Preston Griffin each had two hits on the night.

UCLA Takes One in Wild Weekend Against Arizona State:
The Bruins claimed a 11-10 win on Sunday to salvage the series against the Sun Devils who won the two previous games of the weekend.

Ryan McCarthy went 5-for-5 on Sunday with two homers, including a two-run game winner in the eighth to highlight the Bruin offense. Kevin Brophy picked up his fourth win of the season as he kept ASU from reclaiming the lead in the top of the ninth.

Despite a stellar performance from Bruin starter Casey Janssen, UCLA fell 4-3 on Saturday. Janssen allowed only six hits in 6.2 innings of work. However, the Sun Devils scored one in the top of the ninth to break the tie and take the win.

Friday night saw the Bruins drop a 12-4 contest and Arizona State turn a rare triple play. On what looked to be a three-run home run by Chris Denove, ASU right fielder Travis Buck came back over the outfield wall with the ball and threw back into the infield to throw the runners out.

Tentative Lineup -2004 Notes
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.) - Leads UCLA with eight doubles
2B Mike Svetlic (5-9, 175, R/R, Sr.) - Seven sacrifice hits are a team-high
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, Jr.) - Went 5-for-5 vs. Arizona State (4/18)
3B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Sr.) - Walk-off home run vs. Stanford (4/4)
LF Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Sr.) - Started in left field last four games
CF Chad Concolino (5-11, 185, R/R, Sr.) - .404 OB % is third on the team
RF Matt Thayer (5-10, 180, R/L, Jr.) - Hitting team-high .339 on the season
C Chris Denove (6-1, 202, R/R, So.) - Driven in team-high 26 Bruin runs
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 225, L/L, So.) - Second on team with four HRCasey Janssen (6-4, 210, R/R, Sr.) - .181 opp. BA is second the conference
P Bryan Beck (6-6, 220, R/R, Jr.) - 4.60 ERA is second among starters
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.) - Second on team with 33 strikeouts

About California...
The Golden Bears enter the week with a 20-23 mark on the season and a 6-9 record in conference action. Last weekend, California was swept in a three-game series by second-ranked Stanford.

Head Coach David Esquer is in his 5th year at the helm of the program. He has posted a 136-130 mark in his years at California. Last season, the Golden Bears took two of three games at Jackie Robinson Stadium in the second conference series of the year for the Bruins.

Top Players
David Nicholson (Jr., INF) .380, 1 HR, 18 RBI- Anaheim, CA (Esperanza HS)
David Weiner (Sr., OF) .329, 8 HR, 35 RBI- Los Angeles, CA (Crossroads HS)
Justin Nelson (Jr., OF) .290, 7 HR, 33 RBI- Vista, CA (Rancho Buena Vista HS)
Allen Craig (So., INF) .314, 5 HR, 18 RBI- Temecula, CA (Chaparral HS)

Starting Pitchers
Adam Gold (So., RHP) 3.79 ERA, 6-4- Lakewood, CA (Bear Creek HS)
Mike Padgett (Jr., RHP) 4.79 ERA, 3-5- Reno, NV (Portland)

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