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Baseball Travels To Texas A&M For Four Day Tournament
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/19/2003

Feb. 19, 2003

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This Week:
Febraury 21, @Texas A&M Tournament (vs. Texas A&M), 7:00 p.m.
February 22, @ Texas A&M Tournament (vs. Utah), 10:00 a.m.
February 22, @ Texas A&M Tournament (vs. Creighton), 1:00 p.m.
February 23, @Texas A&M Tournament (vs. Utah), 1:00 p.m.
Feburary 24, @ Texas A&M Tournament (vs. Creighton), 10:00 a.m.
February 24, @ Texas A&M Tournament (vs. Texas A&M ), 8:00 p.m.

Next Week:
February 28, @ Kia Baseball Bash (vs. Texas), 2:30 p.m.
March 1, @ Kia Baseball Bash (vs. Tulane), 2:30 p.m.
March 2, @ Kia Baseball Bash (vs. Cal State Fullerton), 5:00 p.m.

Four-Run Fourth Brings Bruins Second Straight Loss:
Four unearned runs in the fourth inning from UC Santa Barbara led to a 7-5 loss for UCLA at Cesar Uyesaka Stadium.

An error from Wes Whisler started the inning and with another error from Brett McMillan, UCSB was able to bring four runs across the plate.

Freshman right-hander Hector Ambriz got his first collegiate start on the mound, only allowing two earned runs in four innings of work. The Bruin bullpen shut UCSB down in the later innings with Bryan Beck and Adam Simon combining to allow no runs on four hits in the final four innings.

Whisler Simon led the Bruins, each going two-for-four, with two RBI apiece, in the contest. Matt Thayer hit a pinch-hit solo home run, his second homer of 2003. Billy Susdorf and McMillan eachadded a double to the Bruin arsenal.

Fullerton Match-Up Rescheduled:
After rain kept the Bruins and Titans from facing off on February 12th, the teams have rescheduled the meeting for April 15th. UCLA will head to Fullerton for a 7:00 p.m. game at Goodwin Field.

Bruins Take Two From NC State:
UCLA returned home to win two out of three over the visiting North Carolina State Wolfpack.

Friday starter Mike Kunes held NC State to five hits in the first seven innings to lead the Bruins to a 8-6 win.

A ten-run fourth inning was the key to UCLA's 12-5 victory on Saturday. A grand slam from Ryan McCarthy and a three-run shot from Billy Susdorf highlighted the inning.

The Bruins would fall short of the sweep, falling 9-6 on Sunday. Preston Griffin hit two home runs, including a three-run homer in the seventh inning.


Tentative Lineup
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) - Team-high two RBI at Hawaii (2/9)
2B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Jr.) - Hit two home runs vs. NC State (2/16)
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, So.) - Hit grand slam vs NC State (2/15)
3B Kevin Conlin (6-3, 200, R/R, So.) - Hitting .273 w/ one RBI in three starts.
LF Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) - Batting a team-high .500.
CF Matt Thayer (5-10, 173, R/L, So.) - Hit home run vs. NC State (2/14)
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 200, R/R, So.) - Pac-10 Player of the Week - 2/3.
C Chris Denove (6-1, 195, R/R, Fr.) - Tied for team lead with 13 RBI.
DH Casey Janssen (6-3, 185, R/R, Jr.) - Tied for team lead with five walks.
P Mike Kunes (6-2 1/2, 215, L/L, Sr.) - Team-high 7.0 innings vs. NC State.
P Casey Janssen (6-3, 185, R/R, Jr.) - Recorded 10 strikeouts at CSUN (2/2)
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) - Struck-out five in NC State start. (2/16)
P Hector Ambriz (6-1, 220, R/R, Fr.) - Made first start of career at UCSB.

About Creighton...
The Jays enter the week with a 0-2 mark after losing their first contests of the season at Arkansas (9-5) and Kansas State (15-2).

Head Coach Jack Dahm is in his 10th year as the head coach of Creighton. He is 263-239-2 during his tenure. The Dominos Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic will mark the first meetings between UCLA and Creighton. The Bruins and Jays will meet twice in the four day tournament.

Top Position Players
Ryan Fitzgerald (Sr., OF) .376, 1 HR, 1 RBI - Des Moines, IA (Indian Hills CC)
Mike Sirianni (So., INF) .286, 1 3B, 4 RBI - Indianola, IA (Indianola HS)
Dan Norquist (So., OF/1B) .286, 1 2B - Las Vegas, NV (Bishop Gormann HS)
Dave Schultz (Fr., INF) .250, 2 Hits, 2 Runs - Chaseburg, WI (Westby HS)

Top Pitchers
Tom Oldham (Jr., LHP) 14.72 ERA, 0-1 - Fremont, NB (Westside HS)
Brandon Bird (So., RHP) 3.86 ERA, 2 App. - Omaha, NB (Northwest HS)
Steve Grasley (Jr., RHP) 4.50 ERA, 2 App. - Shoreview, MN (Mounds View HS)
Chris Appuhn (Jr., RHP), 13.50 ERA, 0-1 - Omaha, NB (Butler CC)

About Texas A&M...
The Aggies enter the tournament with a 4-1 record, with their only loss coming at the hands of second-ranked Rice. Texas A&M entered the national polls this week, with a 19th ranking by Collegiate Baseball.

Head Coach Mark Johnson is in his 19th year as the head coach of the Aggies. He is 763-366-1 during his tenure. The teams have only met once before, with Texas A&M earning the victory.

Top Position Players
Brian Bowe (Jr., 1B) .375, 4 RBI - Bedford, TX (New Mexico JC)
Justin Pouk (Jr., C/3B) .375, 2 RBI - Streator, IL (Wabash Valley JC)
Justin Riggiano (Jr., OF) .348, 1 HR, 4 RBI - Austin, TX (Blinn JC)
Scott Beerer (Jr., OF/RHP) .333, 4 RBI - Newport Beach, CA (Orange Coast College)

Top Pitchers
Brian Finch (Jr., RHP/OF) 4.35 ERA, 1-1 - Brazoria, TX (West Columbia HS)
Logan Kensing (So., RHP) 2.00 ERA, 2-0 - Boerne, TX (Boerne HS)
Zach Dixon (Sr., LHP) 3.24 ERA, 1-0 - Houston, TX (Clear Lake HS)
Scott Beerer (Jr., RHP) 0.00 ERA, 0-0 - Newport Beach, CA (Orange Coast College)

About Utah ...
The Utes enter the weekend with a 4-2 mark after sweeping Cal State Northridge last weekend. Prior to that series, Utah went 1-2 in a series against Mesa State. Jake Jordison is the reigning Mountain West Player of the Week after hitting .455 against CSUN.

Head Coach Tim Esmay is in his seventh year as the head coach of the Utes. He is 171-169-1 during his tenure. Utah and UCLA have met twice before, with the Bruins claiming victories in both contests.

Top Position Players
Jake Jordisan (Sr., 1B) .409, 2 HR, 5 RBI - Sandy, UT (Dixie SC)
Mike Basham (Sr., OF) .538, 7 Hits - Riverton, UT (Dixie SC)
Brett Sundberg (So., 3B/RHP) .333, 2 HR - Orem, UT (Mountain View HS)
T.R. Gourley (So., OF) .333, 5 Hits - Provo, UT (Timpview, HS)

Top Pitchers Sean Overholt (Jr., RHP) 6.10 ERA, 2 Starts - Sandy, UT (Brighton, HS)
Clay Westmoreland (So., RHP) 6.00 ERA - Mesa, AZ (Mountain View HS)
Derek Larsen (Fr., RHP) 0.00 ERA, 2-0 - Spanish Fork, UT (Spanish Fork HS)
Jason Price (Fr., LHP) 5.79 ERA, 1-0 - West Jordan, UT (Copper Hills HS)


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