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Bruins Host Loyola Marymount Before 10-Day Break
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/16/2004

March 16, 2004

This Week's Game:
March 16, vs. Loyola Marymount, at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 2:30 p.m.
RHP Jackson Creighton (0-0) vs. RHP Bryan Beck (1-1)

Tentative Lineup 2004 Notes
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.) Has a .426 slugging percentage
2B Mike Svetlic (5-9, 175, R/R, Sr.) Leads UCLA with nine walks
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, Jr.) Leads the Bruins with three HR
3B Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Sr.) Pac-10 Player of the Week (2/17)
LF Matt Thayer (5-10, 180, R/L, Jr.) Hit for the cycle in Hawaii (2/27)
CF Chad Concolino (5-11, 185, R/R, Sr.) One of the 2004 co-captains
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 215, R/R, Jr.) Tops on team with seven doubles
C Chris Denove (6-1, 202, R/R, So.) Hit game-winning HR vs. UCSB (3/2)
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 225, L/L, So.) 17 RBI leads the Bruins
P Bryan Beck (6-6, 220, R/R, Jr.) Threw a CG shutout at Hawaii-Hilo

Bruins Win One at Aztec Invitational at PETCO Park:
UCLA helped San Diego open its new major league baseball stadium and went 1-2 in the Aztec Invitationat at PETCO Park.

In Thursday night's tournament opener, a NCAA record 40,106 filled the stadium to watch San Diego State defeat Houston, 4-0. The mark shattered the previous NCAA record of 27, 673 that saw Tulane play LSU at the Superdome in 2002.

On Friday, the Bruins opened their tournament play with a 3-0 loss to ninth-ranked Long Beach State. UCLA could only muster one hit against All-American and the Collegiate Baseball Player of the Week, Jered Weaver. Weaver struck out 15 Bruins and allowed three base runners in eight innings of action. Ryan McCarthy recorded UCLA's one hit off Weaver, while Billy Susdorf singled in the ninth.

Saturday's game saw Bruin Casey Janssen dominate Nebraska and improve to 5-0 on the season in UCLA's 4-2 win over the Huskers. Janssen threw a career-high 8.2 innings and allowed only four hits, all singles, in the outing. He struck out five batters, while walking one.

Ryan McCarthy highlighted the Bruin offense on Saturday, hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning. McCarthy, along with Matt Thayer, finished the day going 2-for-4.

On Sunday, UCLA came back from a four-run deficit in the eighth inning only to see Houston score the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth, as the Bruins fell 7-6.

After trailing 6-2, the Bruins put up a four-run eighth inning to tie the score.

However, after the leadoff Cougar reached base on an error in the ninth, he would come around to score on a bases loaded walk. Preston Griffin and Brett McMillan both drove in two runs, while Wes Whisler brought in two more with a double in the eighth. The five Bruin pitchers combined to strikeout eight Cougars, while Adam Simon fanned a season-high three in 2.2 innings of action.

About Loyola Marymount...
The Lions come to Jackie Robinson Stadium with an 11-7 mark on the season. Last weekend, Loyola Marymount was swept by Pac-10 foe Washington in Seattle.

Head Coach Frank Cruz, who will be the USA Baseball coach in the summer of 2004, has posted a 182 - 187 record at LMU in his seven seasons at the helm. Earlier this year, the Lions defeated UCLA, 7-3, at LMU in an eight inning contest.

Top Players
Kyle Mura (So., INF) .371, 15 RBI - Trabuco Canyon, CA
Clint McGill (Sr., INF/RHP) .306, 9 RBI - Fresno, CA
Jonathan Higashi (Sr., C) .298, 11 RBI - Canoga Park, CA
Billy Lockin (Sr., INF) .304, 7 RBI - Thousand Oaks, CA

Starting Pitcher
Jackson Creighton (Jr., RHP ) 1.08 ERA, 0-1 - Weldon, CA


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