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Bruins To Host 14th-Ranked Texas A&M
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/04/2004

March 4, 2004

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This Week's Games:
March 5, vs. Texas A&M, at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 5:00 p.m.
RHP Robert Ray (1-0) vs. RHP Casey Janssen (3-0)
March 6, vs. Texas A&M, at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 1:00 p.m.
RHP Justin Moore (1-0 vs. RHP Bryan Beck (1-0)
March 7, vs. Texas A&M, at Jackie Robinson Stadium 1:00 p.m.
LHP Zach Jackson (3-0) vs. LHP Wes Whisler (1-0)

Tentative Lineup-2004 Notes
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.)-Leads UCLA with eight walks
2B Mike Svetlic (5-9, 175, R/R, Sr.)- Started four games at second base
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, Jr.)- Hit first HR of the year in Hawaii (2/26)
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.)- Leads team with seven stolen bases
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.)- On a six-game hit streak
P Casey Janssen (6-4, 210, R/R, Sr.)- Struck out 35 batters in 24 innings
P Bryan Beck (6-6, 220, R/R, Jr.)- Threw a CG shutout at Hawaii-Hilo
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.)- Second team All American

Denove's Walk Off Homer Gives UCLA 3-2 Win Over UCSB:
After going hitless in his previous 19 at-bats, Chris Denove broke out of his slump in the top of the 12th inning against UC Santa Barbara with a solo home run that gave UCLA a 3-2 win over the Gauchos. The win marked the sixth straight for the Bruins after their four-game sweep in Hawaii and a win over Pepperdine.

Sophomore right-hander Daniel Miltenberger claimed the win after retiring the last two batters of the top of the 12th. Hector Ambriz started the game and posted five strikeouts in 5.1 innings of shutout ball.

UCLA Sweeps Four-Game Series at Hawaii-Hilo:
Matt Thayer hit for the cycle and Bryan Beck threw a complete game shutout to highlight the Bruins 4-0 trip against Hawaii-Hilo. The sweep marked the first for UCLA since 2001, when the Bruins swept UNLV.

In Thursday's 10-4 victory, Hector Ambriz picked up the win with a six inning outing in which he struck out four batters. Wes Whisler spearheaded in Bruin offense, going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs. Brett McMillan knocked in three UCLA runs with a bases loaded triple to lead the team in RBI on the night.

Thayer became the fourth Bruin to hit for the cycle in Friday's 14-1, seven inning win. The junior from Woodland Hills completed the hardest parts of the cycle first needing a single to complete the feat.

Casey Janssen continued his dominance on the mound with another overpowering performance on Friday. He struck out eight batters in six innings while allowing only one run on two hits.

After Saturday's game was rained out, the teams resumed the series on Sunday in Kona. Beck, in only his fourth career start, threw a complete game shut out in the 11-0 victory. He allowed only four hits and did not walk a batter in the contest. He also struck out six Vulcans.

On the offensive side, McMillan led the Bruin, going 3-for-5 with a triple and a home run. Whisler was also hot at the plate with his first home run of the year and two walks. Thayer also drove in three runs, while going 2-for-4.

In Monday's contest, UCLA scored six runs in the ninth inning to add to its lead to post a 12-1 win in the final game of the series. 11 different Bruins posted a hit in the game, while the team had 15 hits as a whole. Anthony Norman drove in two runs with a triple while Ambriz hit a solo home run in the first inning.

Whisler picked up the win on the mound after throwing a season-high seven strikeouts in six innings of work.

Bruins Add a Game to the Schedule:
After the Sunday game of the series with Pacific was rained out, the Bruins have added a mid-week match-up with San Diego State to the schedule. UCLA will travel south on Tuesday, March 30th to face off with the Aztecs in a 6:00 p.m. contest.

About Texas A&M...
The Aggies enter the weekend in the top 15 in each of the major polls. With a 12-1 record, Texas A&M has only dropped one game, losing to Arkansas, 6-4 on February 28.

Head Coach Mark Johnson is in his 20th year as the head coach of Texas A&M. In his tenure, Johnson has put together a 804-384-2 record. The teams met twice last year, with the Aggies claiming both victories at Olsen Field.

Top Players
Cliff Pennington (So., INF) .449, 8 RBI - Corpus Christi, TX (Carroll HS)
Austin Boggs (Fr., INF) .449, 13 RBI - Pfluegerville, TX (Connally HS)
Erik Schindewolf (Sr., INF) .333, 6 RBI - Spring, TX (Klein Oak HS)
Andrew Baldwin (Jr., OF) .220, 9 RBI - Bryan, TX (San Jacinto HS)

Starting Pitchers
Robert Ray (So., RHP ) 3.14 ERA, 1-0 - Lufkin, TX (Lufkin HS)
Justin Moore (Sr., RHP ) 2.84 ERA, 1-0 - Katy, TX (Taylor HS)
Zach Jackson (Jr., LHP ) 3.00 ERA, 3-0 - Cranberry Township, PA (Louisville)


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