Bruins Host Pacific in Nonconference Series

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Feb. 19, 2004

This Week's Games:
February 20, vs. Pacific, at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 5:00 p.m.
RHP Andy Willick (1-0) vs. RHP Casey Janssen (1-0)
February 21, vs. Pacific, at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 1:00 p.m.
RHP Alex Graham (1-0) vs. RHP Hector Ambriz (1-0)
February 22, vs. Pacific, at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 1:00 p.m.
LHP Matthew Pena (1-0) vs. RHP Bryan Beck (0-0)

Tentative Lineup-2004 Notes
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.)-Hitting .313 in 2004
2B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Sr.)-Five walks in five games
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, Jr.)-Started all five games at shortstop
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.)-Hitting .412 in 2004
CF Chad Concolino (5-11, 185, R/R, Sr.)-One of the 2004 co-captains
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 215, R/R, Jr.)-Leads team with four stolen bases
C Chris Denove (6-1, 202, R/R, So.)-Driven in seven runs in five games
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 225, L/L, So.)-Hit two-run homer on February 15
P Casey Janssen (6-4, 210, R/R, Sr.)-Struck out 17 batters in 10 innings
P Hector Ambriz (6-2, 210, L/R, So.)-Picked up opening day win (2/3)
P Bryan Beck (6-6, 220, R/R, Jr.)-Career-high seven strikeouts on 2/15

Averill Named Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Brandon Averill was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Tuesday. It was the second such honor for the senior in his career.

Averill, from Orange, Calif., hit .364 (4-for-11) over the weekend, as UCLA took two of three from Fresno State. His three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning pushed the Bruins past Fresno State, 13-11, on Feb. 14. In that game he posted a career-best six RBI, tops for UCLA over the entire weekend. He also smacked two doubles and scored two runs over the three-game set.

Bruins Suffer A 7-3 Heartbreaking Loss at LMU:
Loyola Marymount scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take back the lead and defeat UCLA at George C. Page Stadium. The Bruins had rallied to tie the score at 7-7 in the top of the ninth inning, but the game was called due to lack of light. Therefore, the score reverted back to the last completed inning.

Catcher Chris Denove spearheaded the Bruin attack, driving in two of the team's three runs. Brandon Averill continued his hot start, going 3-for-4 on the day, while Billy Susdorf stole two bases.

About Pacific...
The Tigers enter the week with a 4-2 record after going 3-0 against Northwestern, Portland and Washington State at the Oakland A's Spring Training Tournament last weekend.

Head Coach Ed Sprague is in his 1st year as the head coach of Pacific. He is also in his first season as a collegiate head coach. Last season, the Tigers defeated UCLA, 8-4 on March 11. In the series, the teams are even with one win apiece.

Top Players
Jordan Seiber (Jr., 1B) .429, 6 hits-Seatac, WA (Bellevue CC)
Jesse Kovacs (Jr., INF) .333, 6 RBI-Carmel, CA (Cowley County HS)
Evan Bishop (Sr., OF) .250, 6 hits-Renton, WA (Columbia Basin College)
Octavio Amezquita (Sr., C/INF) .278, 5 hits-South Gate, CA (St. John Bosco HS)

Starting Pitchers
Andy Willick (Sr., RHP ) 5.40 ERA, 1-0- Roseville, CA (American River JC)
Alex Graham (Jr., RHP ) 4.32 ERA, 1-0- Fair Oaks, CA (Bella Vista HS)
Matthew Pena (Sr., LHP) 3.86 ERA, 1-0- Clovis, CA (Buchanan HS)

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Jan 30 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Game
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. North Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, Feb 23 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 26 - 6:00 PM PST
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 6:00 PM PST
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - 1:00 PM PST
at Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo, CA