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Bruins Return Home, Host Arizona State
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/14/2004

April 14, 2004

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This Week's Games:
April 16, vs. Arizona State, at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 6:00 p.m.
RHP Jeff Mousser (1-3) vs. RHP Bryan Beck (2-2)
April 17, vs. Arizona State, at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 1:00 p.m.
RHP Jason Urquidez (8-2) vs. RHP Casey Janssen (6-2)
April 18, vs. Arizona State, at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 1:00 p.m.
LHP Brett Bordes (2-0) vs. LHP Wes Whisler (1-3)

Tentative Lineup - 2004 Notes
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.) Leads UCLA with seven doubles
2B Mike Svetlic (5-9, 175, R/R, Sr.) Six sacrifice hits are a team-high
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, Jr.) Tops among Bruins with 6 home runs
3B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Sr.) Walk-off home run vs. Stanford (4/4)
LF Anthony Norman (6-0, 180, L/L, So.) Made eight starts in left field
CF Chad Concolino (5-11, 185, R/R, Sr.) Went 3-for-3 vs. Long Beach State
RF Matt Thayer (5-10, 180, R/L, Jr.) Hitting .351 on the season
C Chris Denove (6-1, 202, R/R, So.) Driven in team-high 23 Bruin runs
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 225, L/L, So.) Second on team with three HR
P Bryan Beck (6-6, 220, R/R, Jr.) 4.66 ERA is second among starters
P Casey Janssen (6-4, 210, R/R, Sr.) .175 opp. BA leads the conference
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.) Second on team with 43.1 IP

Arizona State Comes To Los Angeles For Pac-10 Series:
The Bruins, who have won four of their last five games, will host Arizona State this weekend in a conference series. The Sun Devils have lost four straight weekend series and are currently 3-6 in Pac-10 action.

Each game of the three-game conference series can be heard on www.UCLABruins.com with Dave Marcus and Chris Pritchett calling the action.

Bruins Handle #5 Long Beach State, 11-1:
UCLA held the 49ers to four hits and scored nine runs in the first three innings to defeat Long Beach State 11-1.

Home runs from Sean Carpenter, Wes Whisler and Brandon Averill spearheaded the Bruin attack, while Matt Thayer drove in three runs.

David Johnson got the win, improving to 1-1 on the year. He tied a career-high with six innings of action. Kyle Wilson and Kevin Brophy shutout the 49ers in the late innings, keeping LBSU hitless in the final three frames. Wilson also tied a career-high with four strikeouts in two innings.

UCLA Posts Series Win at Arizona:
The Bruins claimed wins on Thursday and Friday to earn its first conference road series win of the season at Arizona.

On Thursday, UCLA posted four runs in the ninth inning to take a 9-7 come-from-behind win over the Wildcats. Matt Thayer went 4-for-5 to lead the team, while Wes Whisler drove in three runs.

Friday night saw Casey Janssen improve to 6-2 as he held the Wildcats to one earned run and three hits over 7.2 innings of work in the Bruins' 4-3 victory. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, Adam Simon forced Jason Donald to ground out to post his third save of the year.

The Wildcats posted four runs in the first inning on Saturday to take a 9-5 win in the final day of the series.

About Arizona State...
The Sun Devils come to town with a 24-11 overall mark and a 3-6 record in Pac-10 play. Arizona State has gone 1-2 in each of its last four weekend series, which included three conference sets.

Head Coach Pat Murphy is in his 9th year at the helm of the program. He has posted a 384-189-1 mark in his years at Arizona State. Last season, UCLA won two of its three games against the Sun Devils in Temp, with both games going into extra innings.

Top Players
Dustin Pedroia (Jr., SS) .410, 5 HR, 32 RBI - Woodland, CA (Woodland HS)
Nick Walsh (Sr., 2B) .373, 0 HR, 15 RBI - Alamo, CA (De la Salle HS)
Travis Buck (So., OF) .352, 7 HR, 44 RBI - Richland, WA (Richland HS)
Tuffy Gosewich (Jr., C) .333, 2 HR, 22 RBI - Scottsdale, AZ (Horizon HS)

Starting Pitchers
Jeff Mousser (Sr., RHP ) 1-3, 4.26 ERA - Tempe, AZ (BYU)
Jason Urquidez (Jr., RHP ) 8-2, 2.70 ERA - Simi Valley, CA (Central Arizona CC)
Brett Bordes (So., LHP) 2-0, 6.75 ERA - Mesa, AZ (Dobson HS)


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