Baseball Starts Nine Game Road Trip, Heads to USC

April 10, 2003

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This Week:
April 11, vs. USC, 6:00 p.m., Dedeaux Field*
LHP Mike Kunes (4-1) vs. RHP Bobby Paschal (2-4)
April 12, vs. USC, 1:00 p.m., Dedeaux Field*
LHP Wes Whisler (3-4) vs. RHP Brian Bannister (3-3)
Television Broadcast on Fox Sports Net 2
April 13, vs. USC, 1:00 p.m., Dedeaux Field*
RHP Casey Janssen (3-3) vs. TBA

Tentative Lineup
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Team leader with 42 hits.
2B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Jr.) Set new career-high w/6 RBI vs. UCR.
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, So.) Hit two doubles vs. Wichita St. (3/22)
3B Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Jr.) Hit three home runs in Arizona series.
LF Adam Simon (5-9, 161, R/R, Fr.) Broke into lineup vs. California.
CF Matt Thayer (5-10, 173, R/L, So.) Team-high .351 batting average.
RF Sean Carpenter (6-0, 165, R/R, Fr.) Career-high 4 RBI vs. Wichita St. (3/23)
C Chris Denove (6-1, 195, R/R, Fr.) 40 hits are second among Bruins.
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) Hit two home runs in Cal series.
P Mike Kunes (6-2 1/2, 215, L/L, Sr.) Tied for team lead with four wins.
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Team-high 45 innings pitched.
P Casey Janssen (6-3, 185, R/R, Jr.) Second on team with 38 strikeouts.

Bruins Fall 5-3 in Midweek Matchup with #11 Long Beach State
The 49ers posted four runs in the top of the eighth inning to overcome a UCLA 3-1 lead to claim the victory. Reliever Chris Cordeiro (0-2) was charged with the loss in only his second decision in 13 apperances.

Catcher Chris Denove blasted a solo home run in the second inning, marking his fifth of the season. Designated hitter Brett McMillan and outfielder Sean Carpenter highlighted the UCLA offense with two hits apiece.

Late Inning Letdowns Help California Take Two of Three From UCLA:
After posting a 10-2 victory on Friday night, the Bruins lost two leads over the weekend to finish 1-2 in the series with California.

Matt Thayer put together a career-night with three hits and five RBI on Friday. Along with Preston Griffin's three hits, the Bruin arsenal gave reliever Doug Silva the cushion he would need to post his fourth win of the season. He struck-out a career-high eight batter, without allowing a run in 5.2 innings.

The Bruins allowed a two-run lead slip away in the top of the ninth inning of which they could not rebound from on Saturday. Thayer once again provided the offensive spark with a third inning grand slam, the first of his career.

UCLA recorded nine runs in the second inning on Sunday, but could not score again as California chipped away to earn a 12-9 victory. Ryan McCarthy added the second grand slam of the series, while Brett McMillan and Brandon Averill also homered in the second frame.

The Lexus Gauntlet
This weekend's meetings with USC will mark the final of six competitions that will count in the year-long Lexus Gauntlet Trophy competition. The Lexus Gauntlet Trophy will be awarded to the institution that wins the most head-to-head competitions in all sports between the schools.

In the race for the five baseball points, the Bruins lead after taking two of three meetings at Jackie Robinson Stadium on March 7-9. UCLA needs a victory this weekend to secure a split of the points, while winning two this weekend would give the Bruins all five points.

Currently, USC leads UCLA 47.5 to 37.5. The Bruins have claimed victories in men's water polo, women's soccer and women's cross country along with earning five of ten points from women's basketball. UCLA also leads the race in men's volleyball and men's tennis which are currently in season.

For more information on the Trophy and current point standings, go to www.gauntlettrophy.com

About USC...
The Trojans enter the weekend with a 15-17 record after falling to San Diego earlier this week. USC is 2-4 in Pac-10 play after claiming a victory over #3 Arizona State and Arizona. The Trojans were idle last weekend.

Head Coach Mike Gillespie is in his 17th year as the head coach of the Trojans, with a 645-356-2 mark heading into 2003. He owns a 62-39 record against the Bruins, while USC holds a 217-98 advantage over UCLA.

Top Players
Anthony Lunetta (Sr., SS) .364, 5 HR, 16 RBI - Riverside, CA (Arlington HS)
Travis McAndrews (Sr., OF) .333, 3 HR, 16 RBI - El Segundo, CA (LA Harbor JC)
Jeff Clement (Fr., C) .333, 15 HR, 33 RBI - Marshalltown, IA (Marshalltown HS)
Joey Metropoulos (So., 1B) .311, 7 HR, 25 RBI - Jamul, CA (Monte Vista HS)
David Gordon (So., C) .292, 8 HR, 17 RBI - Sacramento, CA (Sacramento CC)

Starting Pitchers
Bobby Paschal (Fr., LHP) 3.74 ERA, 2-4 - Northridge, CA (Chaminade HS)
Brian Bannister (Jr. RHP) 4.61 ERA, 3-3 - Paradise Valley, AZ (Chapparral HS)


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Los Angeles, CA
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Friday, Feb 19
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 0 - 4
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Sunday, Feb 21
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 14
Tuesday, Feb 23
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 10
Friday, Feb 26
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 7 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
W, 19 - 0
Sunday, Feb 28
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
L, 2 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 01
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
L, 6 - 11
Friday, Mar 04
vs. Mississippi State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 2 - 1
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Oklahoma
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 3 (14)
Tuesday, Mar 08
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
L, 12 - 20
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 7
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
Sunday, Mar 13
vs. Texas
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Mar 18
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 2
Saturday, Mar 19
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5 (12)
Sunday, Mar 20
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 11 - 2
Thursday, Mar 24
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 1 - 6
Friday, Mar 25
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 4 - 3
Saturday, Mar 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
L, 5 - 6
Tuesday, Mar 29
vs. Cal State Fullerton
Los Angeles, CA
L, 7 - 14
Friday, Apr 01
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 1 - 9
Saturday, Apr 02
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 2 - 8
Sunday, Apr 03
at California
Berkeley, CA
L, 3 - 5
Tuesday, Apr 05
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 1 - 4
Friday, Apr 08
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 2 - 8
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 5
Friday, Apr 15
at Washington
Seattle, WA
W, 1 - 0
Saturday, Apr 16
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 7 - 8
Sunday, Apr 17
at Washington
Seattle, WA
L, 4 - 7
Tuesday, Apr 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
W, 10 - 6
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 6 - 3
Friday, Apr 22
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 4 - 2
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 1
Tuesday, Apr 26
at Cal State Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
L, 7 - 10
Friday, Apr 29 - 11:00 AM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, Apr 30 - 11:00 AM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, May 01 - 6:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, May 03 - 6:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, May 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 07 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, May 08 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, May 10 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, May 14 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
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