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Race for the Gauntlet Begins as Bruins Head to Dedeaux Field
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/24/2004

March 24, 2004

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This Week's Games:
March 26, vs. USC, at Dedeaux Field, 6:00 p.m.
RHP Casey Janssen (5-0) vs. RHP Clayton Wentworth (1-2)
March 27, vs. USC, at Dedeaux Field, 1:00 p.m.
RHP Bryan Beck (2-1) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (3-0)
March 28, vs. USC, at Dedeaux Field, 1:00 p.m.
LHP Wes Whisler (1-2) vs. LHP Bobby Paschal (2-3)

Battle for Five Gauntlet Points Begins when UCLA travels to USC:
One of the nation's strongest crosstown rivalries will be re-visited this weekend as the Bruins head to USC's Dedeaux Field for a three-game nonconference series with the Trojans.

This series will mark the first games of a six-game season series which also includes three Pac-10 games held at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The winner of the season series will be awarded with five points in the Lexus Gauntlet points. If the series finishes at 3-3, each school will receive 2.5 points in the standings. Currently, USC leads UCLA by a 50-30 margin.

Saturday's game will be televised by FOX Sports Net 2 with Bill MacDonald and John Jackson bringing you the action. Dave Marcus and Chris Pritchett will also call the weekend games on UCLABruins.com.

Janssen Paces the Pac-10:
Senior right-hander and Friday night starter, Casey Janssen, who is 5-0 on the season, currently ranks second in the Pac-10 with a 1.35 ERA. His 44 strikeouts in 40 innings of work is tops on the Bruin staff and fourth in the conference. Janssen paces the Pac-10 by holding opponents to a .149 batting average. On the season, the Huntington Beach native has posted wins over nationally-ranked opponents, Nebraska and Texas A&M.

UCLA Avenges Loss, Defeats Loyola Marymount, 7-5:
Sophomore reliever Scott Botterman retired the final three Lion batters and left the bases loaded as he claimed his first collegiate save and the Bruins notched a 7-5 victory over Loyola Marymount.

The Bruins posted five runs in the first three frames to build a lead the Lions could not overcome. Brett McMillan and Anthony Norman both drove in two runs apiece, while Ryan McCarthy added two doubles to the UCLA attack.

On the mound, Bryan Beck improved to 2-1 on the season as he struck out four batters and allowed five hits in six innings of action.

Tentative Bruin Lineup-2004 Notes
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.)- Has a .409 slugging percentage
2B Mike Svetlic (5-9, 175, R/R, Sr.)- Tops on team with .451 OB %
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, Jr.)- Leads the Bruins with three HR
3B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Sr.)- Driven in 10 runs in 41 at-bats
LF Matt Thayer (5-10, 180, R/L, Jr.)- Hitting .333 on the year
CF Chad Concolino (5-11, 185, R/R, Sr.)- One of the 2004 co-captains
RF Sean Carpenter (6-0, 170, R/R, So.)- Started eight games in the Bruin OF
C Chris Denove (6-1, 202, R/R, So.)- Started every game behind the plate
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 225, L/L, So.)- 19 RBI leads the Bruins
P Casey Janssen (6-4, 210, R/R, Sr.)- 1.35 ERA is second in the Pac-10
P Bryan Beck (6-6, 220, R/R, Jr.)- Threw a CG shutout at Hawaii-Hilo
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.)- Pitched CG against LBSU in San Diego

About USC...
The Trojans return to Los Angeles with a 10-13 record after an eight-game road trip through the southern United States. USC took two from Mississippi State, split a pair with nationally-ranked Tulane and won one at South Alabama.

Head Coach Mike Gillespie is in his 18th year at the helm of the program. He has posted a 683-397 mark at USC. Last season, USC edged the Bruins, claiming four of their six meetings, including all three Pac-10 games.

Top Players
Daniel Perales (Fr., OF) .341, 2 HR, 16 RBI - Orange, CA (Mater Dei HS)
Joey Metropoulos (Jr., 1B) .302, 6 HR, 16 RBI - Jamul, CA (Monte Vista HS)
Blake Sharpe (So, SS) .355, 2 HR, 13 RBI - Moorpark, CA (LA Pierce College)
Jeff Clement (So., C) .266, 3 HR, 13 RBI - Marshalltown, IA (Marshalltown HS)

Starting Pitchers
Clayton Wentworth (Sr., RHP ) 4.68 ERA, 1-2 - San Antonio, TX (St. Mary's)
Ian Kennedy (Fr., RHP ) 2.27 ERA, 3-0 - Huntington Beach, CA (La Quinta HS)
Bobby Paschal (So., LHP) 4.23 ERA, 2-3 - Northridge, CA (Chaminade HS)


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