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UCLA Baseball Hosts North Carolina State In Weekend Series
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/13/2003

Feb. 13, 2003

Bruins Return Home, Look To Even Their Record
UCLA will return home after a string of five road games. The Bruins are 3-4 entering the weekend after dropping two in Hawaii and a mid-week game at UC Riverside. Second baseman Preston Griffin is leading the Bruins after hitting safely in every game this season. He hit .538 over the weekend in Hawaii with three multi-hit performances, including going three-for-four with a double in Sunday's game. The Long Beach native is also tops on the team with 12 hits, nine runs scored, two home runs and 21 total bases. Freshman Brett McMillan, who saw his first starts in left field during the Hawaii series, is batting .467 with two doubles. He also was three-for-four with a double in Sunday's game in Hawaii. This Bruins will have a slightly different look this weekend as senior left-hander Mike Kunes will take the mound on Friday. Kunes earned his first win of the season over Cal State Northridge on February 1st and is boasting a 2.38 ERA. Right-hander Casey Janssen will move into the Saturday starter spot, while left-hander Wes Whisler will take over Sunday duties.

A Look At The Wolfpack
North Carolina State enters the weekend with a 2-0 mark after victories over Elon in its opening weekend. The Wolfpack was 33-26 in 2002 with a 7-17 record in Atlantic Coast Conference action, which was good for a seventh place finish. Leading the team into 2003 is a core of veterans at almost every position. Nine of ten regular starters will return, including senior infielder Jeremy Dutton who hit .319 with 43 RBI and 10 stolen bases last season. This weekend, the Wolfpack will start a trio of experienced hurlers on the mound with Michael Rogers (RHP) starting today, Nate Cretarolo (LHP) on Saturday and Vern Sterry (RHP) earning the start for Sunday's match-up.

Top Returners (2002 Stats)
Jeremy Dutton (Sr., 3B) .319, 43 RBI, 10 SB
- Durham, NC (Southern Durham HS)
Joe Gaetti (Jr., OF) .368, 5 HR, 39 RBI
- Raleigh, NC (Millbrook HS)
David Hicks (Jr., 1B) .372, 6 HR, 48 RBI
- Raleigh, NC (Broughton HS)
Matt Maynor (So., OF) ,367, 20 HR, 12 SB Colt Morton (Jr., C) .263, 13 HR, 43 RBI
- W. Palm Beach, FL (The King's Academy)
Justin Riley (Sr., UTL) .356, 9 HR, 57 RBI
- Crestview, FL (Arkansas)

Starting Pitchers
Friday - Michael Rogers (So. RHP) 3-2, 3.63 ERA
Saturday - Nate Cretarolo (Jr. LHP) 3-2, 6.03 ERA
Sunday - Vern Sterry (Jr., RHP) - Transferred from Cypress JC


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