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Baseball Takes on Three Ranked Opponents in Kia Baseball Bash
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/27/2003

Feb. 27, 2003

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This 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.

Next Week:
March 4, @ Loyola Marymount, 2:00 p.m., Gerorge Page Stadium
March 7, vs. USC, 5:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
March 8, vs. USC, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
March 9, vs. USC, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium

Tentative Lineup
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) All-tournament selection at TAMU.
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 Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Jr.) Had first four starts at Texas A&M.
LF Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) Batting a team-high .395.
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.) All-tournament selection at TAMU.
C Chris Denove (6-1, 195, R/R, Fr.) Team-high five doubles.
DH Hector Ambriz (6-1, 220, R/R, Fr.) Drove in a run vs. Creighton. (2/23)
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.) Seven inning shutout vs. Utah. (2/22)
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.) Had career-high eight strikeouts at TAMU.

UCLA Goes 3-3 In College Station:
The Bruins took two from Utah, split with Creighton and dropped two to 16th-ranked Texas A&M, to go 3-3 in the Dominos Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic. The contests were cut to seven innings after the first day of competition was rained out.

Right-hander Casey Janssen threw the Bruins' first shut-out since 2000 against Utah in the tournament's opening game, 3-0. He allowed only five hits in seven innings while striking out seven. Wes Whisler drove in all three runs for UCLA.

The Bruins fell 10-4 to Creighton in the second game of the day as UCLA was held to six hits, which included doubles from Preston Griffin and Christian Lewis. Starter Mike Kunes allowed seven runs in 3.2 innings for his first loss of the season.

The Bruins once again shut-out the Utes, 3-0 on Sunday when Whisler picked up his first win of 2003. The left-hander did not allow a run in six innings and only gave up two hits. Chris Cordeiro closed the game for UCLA to earn his first of two saves in the tournament. Ryan McCarthy gave the Bruins the offensive spark with his third home run of 2003.

The next game pitted UCLA against the Aggies as TAMU starter Logan Kensing shut down the Bruin offense, allowing one earned run on three hits in seven innings to lead them to a 7-2 victory.

The trend of winning the first game of the day continued as the Bruins edged Creighton 2-1 on Monday's opener. Bryan Beck, who was making his first start of 2003, lasted four innings, only allowing one run on one hit. UCLA posted two runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead and the victory. Cordeiro closed once again for UCLA to earn his third save of 2003.

UCLA found itself on the losing side of a 3-0 game as the Aggies closed out the tournament 5-1. Freshman starter Hector Ambriz threw an impressive 6.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out eight. However, four walks and two wild pitches allowed runners to score and cost UCLA a share of the tournament title.

Whisler, McCarthy and Billy Susdorf were named to the all-tournament team. Whisler hit.375 over the three days with six hits and three RBI. McCarthy hit the Bruins' only home run over the six days and added three RBI. Susdorf led UCLA with seven hits and hit .368 over the weekend. Janssen was named to the squad as a pitcher after his outing against the Utes.

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 another from Brett McMillan allowed UCSB 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 and Adam 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.

About Texas...

The defending national champion Longhorns enter the tournament with a 12-3 record. Texas lost two out of three games last weekend when they hosted Stanford. The Longhorns are currently in the top-ten in each of the collegiate polls.

Head Coach Augie Garrido is in his seventh year as the head coach of the Longhorns. He is 239-143-1 during his tenure at Texas and 1,392-669-8 in his career. Texas leads the all-time series with UCLA, 3-2.

Top Players
Dustin Majewski (Sr., OF) .421, 4 HR, 27 RBI - Brenham, TX (Blinn College)
Tim Moss (Jr., 2B) .446, 29 Hits, 9 RBI - Lancaster, TX (Lancaster HS)
Omar Quintanilla (Jr., INF) .426, 18 RBI - El Paso, TX (Socorro HS)
Curtis Thigpen (So., C) .326, 2 HR, 13 RBI - Forney, TX (Forney HS)
Eric Sultmeier (Jr., OF) .349, 2 HR, 12 RBI - New Braunfels, TX (New Braunfels HS)
Justin Simmons (Jr., LHP) 4.42 ERA, 2-1 - DeSoto, TX (Duncanville HS)
Sam LeCure (Fr., RHP) 2.03 ERA, 2-0 - Centertown, MO (Helias Interparish HS)

Starting Pitcher
Danny Muegge (Sr., RHP) 5.49 ERA, 3-1 - Brenham, TX (Blinn College)

About Tulane...

The Green Wave enter the week with a 9-1 mark with a spot in each of the major polls, including a 21st ranking from Baseball America.

Head Coach Rick Jones is in his 10th year as the head coach of Tulane. He is 391-186-1 during his tenure. The Bruins and Green Wave met last season in a three game series, with UCLA winning two out of three at Tulane. The Bruins hold a 3-2 edge in the series between the schools.

Top Players
Michael Aubrey (Jr., INF/OF/LHP) .541, 2 HR - Shreveport, LA (Southwood HS)
Jonny Kaplan (Sr., OF) .474, 2 HR, 16 RBI - Chesterfield, MO (Parkway Central HS)
Tony Giarratano (Jr., INF) .341, 1 HR, 10 RBI - Marlboro, NJ (Christian Brothers HS)
Tommy Manzella (So., INF) .364, 9 RBI - Chalmette, LA (Archbishop Hannan HS)
Brian Bogusevic (Fr., OF) .364, 8 RBI - Oak Lawn, IL (De La Salle Institute)
Cory Hahn (Jr., RHP) 1.12 ERA, 3-0 - Louisville, KY (Univ. of Kentucky)
Matt Goebel (Fr., RHP) 2.03 ERA, 1-0 - Austin, TX (Stephen F. Austin HS)

Starting Pitcher
Billy Mohl (Fr., RHP) 2.40 ERA, 1-0 - Sugar Land, TX (Dulles HS)

About Cal State Fullerton...

The Titans enter the tournament with a 11-1 record, with their only loss coming at the hands of UNLV. Cal State Fullerton has risen in the rankings, to three top-five rankings, including second by Collegiate Baseball.

Head Coach George Horton is in his 7th year as the head coach of the Aggies. He is 270-117-1 during his tenure. The Titans lead the series with the Bruins, with a 38-19-2 mark. CSUF won both meeting between the teams in 2002.

Top Players
Shane Costa (Jr., OF) .346, 1 HR, 12 RBI - Visalia, CA (Golden West HS)
Chad Cordero (Jr., RHP) 2.61 ERA, 1-0 - Chino, CA (Don Lugo HS)
Danny Dorn (Fr., OF) .475, 2 HR, 17 RBI - Diamond Bar, CA (Diamond Bar HS)
Wes Littleton (Jr., RHP) 3.18 ERA, 2-0, 28 SO - Oceanside, CA (Vista HS)
Sergio Pedroza (Fr., C/OF) .375, 3 HR, 11 RBI - Covina, CA (Northview HS)
Kyle Boyer (Jr., OF) .365, 19 H, 13 RBI - Temecula, CA (Temcula Valley HS)

Starting Pitcher
Dustin Miller (Fr., RHP) 4.50 ERA, 2-1 - Diamond Bar, CA (Diamond Bar HS)


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