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Bruins Begin Seven Game Road Trip At Pepperdine
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/12/2003

May 12, 2003

This Week:
May 13, at Pepperdine, 3:00 p.m., Eddy D. Field Stadium
RHP Hector Ambriz (0-5) vs. RHP James Johnson (3-1)
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*
TBA vs. TBA

Bruin Baseball On The Air:
UCLA's Pacific-10 conference games, will be live internet broadcast at www.uclabruins.com. Tony Luftman will bring you the action along with guest color commentators, including Craig Duncan and former Bruin pitcher Tim Leary.

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.

Bruins Fall in Last Home Series, Drop Two to Washington:
Brilliant pitching performances from Casey Janssen and Wes Whisler was not enough to give UCLA a series win as the Bruin lost two of three to the Huskies.

Janssen recorded 11 strikeouts while holding the Huskies to five hits through seven innings to earn the win. Billy Susdorf led the offense going three-for-four on the night.

Whisler hurled a complete game, allowing only five hits, but two home runs from Brent Lillibridge would be the Bruins downfall. A late rally from UCLA fell short, scoring both runs in the seventh inning.

Five homers from Washington would seal their series win. John Otness homered in back-to-back at bats, including a three-run shot in the sixth frame.

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 61 hits.
C Warren Trott (6-1, 188, B/R, Sr.) Team-high .375 batting average.
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) Leads team with 14 doubles.
P Hector Ambriz (6-1, 220, L/R, Fr.) First start since March 11th.

About Pepperdine...
The Waves enter the week 34-18, 22-5 in West Coast Conference action. Last weekend, Pepperdine swept conference foe St. Mary's in a three-game series in Moraga.

Head Coach Frank Sanchez is in his seventh year as the head coach of the Waves, with a 221-136 mark heading into the season. He holds a 4-6 record against the Bruins. Last season, Pepperdine defeated UCLA, 4-3 at Eddy D. Field Stadium.

Top Players
Kevin Estrada (Sr., INF) .349, 4 HR, 28 RBI - El Segundo, CA (Univ. of Florida)
Chris Kelly (Jr., INF) .343, 15 HR, 51 RBI - Las Vegas, NV (Durango HS)
David Uribes (Fr., INF) .339, 2 HR, 23 RBI - West Covina, CA (South Hills HS)
Cory Brightwell (Jr., OF) .282, 3 HR, 33 RBI - San Antonio, TX (Alamo Heights HS)
Ty Harper (Sr., INF) .326, 0 HR, 18 RBI - Newport Beach, CA (Univ. of Alabama)
Brandon Daguio (Fr., C) .329, 2 HR, 23 RBI - Fountain Valley, CA (Fountain Valley HS)

Starting Pitcher
James Johnson (Fr., RHP) 5.59 ERA, 3-1 - Reno, NV (McQueen HS)


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