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Bruins Begin Six-Game Road Swing, Travel to Seattle
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/19/2004

May 19, 2004

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This Week's Games:
May 21, at Washington, at Husky Ballpark, 6:30 p.m.
RHP Casey Janssen (8-3) vs. RHP Kyle Parker (2-2)
May 22, at Washington, at Husky Ballpark, 1:00 p.m.
RHP David Johnson (2-2) vs. RHP Matt Kasser (3-0)
May 23, at Washington, at Husky Ballpark, 1:00 p.m.
LHP Wes Whisler (2-4) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (8-2)

Bruins Travel to Washington, Begin Final Regular Season Road Swing:
UCLA (29-25, 10-8) enter the weekend series with Washington (33-16-1, 14-7) tied for third place in the Pac-10, along with Arizona State. The Huskies will finish up their conference slate this weekend before UC Irvine heads to town next week.

Whisler Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week:
Junior left-handed pitcher Wes Whisler (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville HS) was named the Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week, Comissioner Tom Hansen announced on Tuesday.

Whisler threw a complete game shutout on Sunday as UCLA defeated Washington State, 14-0. He held the Cougars to only seven hits, none for extra-bases, over nine innings. He struck out three batters and walked only one. Whisler faced the minimum over the final four innings in his second win on the year. It marked the fifth complete game of his career and the second of 2004 for Whisler.

As UCLA went 3-1 on the week, Whisler was also stellar at the plate, hitting .500 over the Bruins' four games. He drove in a team-high seven runs over the week and hit his fifth home run of the season on Saturday.

Late Rally Falls Short, Bruins Fall 7-5 to UC Irvine:
UCLA scored three runs in the seventh inning to cut the Irvine lead to two runs, but could not score again, falling 7-5 to the Anteaters. Pinch-hitter Billy Susdorf highlighted the inning with a two-run double, while Matt Thayer and Ryan McCarthy each had two hits in the game.

Bruins Win Weekend Series Over Washington State:
Stellar pitching performances from Wes Whisler and David Johnson, along with a season-high 14-run game by the Bruin offense led UCLA to a 2-1 series win over Washington State.

On Sunday, UCLA tied a season-high with 14 runs and Whisler threw his first career complete game shutout as the Bruins defeated the Cougars 14-0. Brandon Averill drove in five runs on the day, including three on his seventh homer of the season. The day also marked the final home Pac-10 game for five Bruin seniors and head coach Gary Adams. Adams was honored before the game with a ceremony retiring his uniform number, #13.

Johnson, Brian Schroeder and Kyle Wilson held the Cougars to six hits and one run on Saturday as UCLA claimed a 3-1 win. Whisler powered the Bruin offense with his fifth home run of the year and two RBI.

The Bruins dropped a heartbreaker on Friday night, falling 10-9 in the tenth inning. Brett McMillan led UCLA with a three-run double in the eighth inning that evened the score. He was 3-for-6 on the night.

Tentative Lineup - 2004 Notes
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.) -Third on team with 53 hits
2B Mike Svetlic (5-9, 175, R/R, Sr.) - Nine sacrifice hits are a team-high
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, Jr.) - .516 slugging % leads UCLA
3B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Sr.) - .423 OB % is tops on the team
LF Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Sr.) - Drove in five runs on Sunday
CF Jarrad Page (6-0, 200, S/R, Fr.) - .677 slugging % in Pac-10 play
RF Matt Thayer (5-10, 180, R/L, Jr.) - Tops on team with 40 runs scored
C Chris Denove (6-1, 202, R/R, So.) - Driven in team-high 39 Bruin runs
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 225, L/L, So.) - Team-high 12 multiple RBI games
P Casey Janssen (6-4, 210, R/R, Sr.) - Eight wins are a team-high
P David Johnson (6-5, 210, R/R, Jr.) - Set career-high 7 SO's at Wichita State
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.) - Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (5/18)

About Washington...
Washington (33-16-1) will wrap-up its Pac-10 schedule this weekend when the Bruins head to Seattle. Winners of 15 of their last 18 games, the Huskies are ranked in the top-25 of each poll.

Washington is led by Head Coach Ken Knutson, who just picked up his UW record-tying 422 win on Tuesday night. Knutson has posted a 422-269-1 record at Washington. Last season, the Huskies took two of three from the Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Top Players
Zach Clem (So., OF/C) .358, 12 HR, 42 RBI - Burlington, WA (Burlington-Edison HS)
Kyle Larsen (Jr., 1B).346, 10 HR, 44 RBI - Redmond, WA (Eastlake HS)
Brent Lillibridge (So., 1NF) .319, 9 HR, 34 RBI - Everett, WA (Jackson HS)
John Otness (Sr., INF) .325, 9 HR, 46 RBI - Fircrest, WA (Wilson HS)

Starting Pitchers
Kyle Parker (Fr., RHP) 4.36 ERA, 2-2 - Yakima, WA (West Valley HS)
Matt Kasser (So., RHP) 6.65 ERA, 3-0 - Issaquah, WA (Issaquah HS)
Tim Lincecum (Fr, RHP) 3.67 ERA, 8-2 - Renton, WA (Liberty HS)


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