Baseball Hosts Fresno State in First Series of the Season

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Feb. 11, 2004

This Week:
February 13, vs. Fresno State, 5:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
LHP David Griffin (1-0) vs. RHP Casey Janssen (0-0)
February 14, vs. Fresno State, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
TBA vs. RHP Hector Ambriz (1-0)
February 15, vs. Fresno State, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium
TBA vs. RHP Bryan Beck (0-0)

Tentative Lineup-2003 Notes
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.) - Second-Team All-American
2B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Sr.) - Led Bruins with 44 RBI
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, Jr.) - Hit seven homers in 2003.
3B Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Sr.) - Tops on the team with .644 slugging%
LF Matt Thayer (5-10, 180, R/L, Jr.) - Led team with nine stolen bases
CF Chad Concolino (5-11, 185, R/R, Sr.) - One of the 2004 co-captains
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 215, R/R, Jr.) - Tied for team-lead with 10 homers
C Chris Denove (6-1, 202, R/R, So.) - Hit .319 with six home runs
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 225, L/R, So.) - Freshman All-American
P Casey Janssen (6-4, 210, R/R, Sr.) - Led team with 73 strikeouts
P Hector Ambriz (6-2, 210, L/R, So.) - 41 strikeouts in 12 appearances
P Bryan Beck (6-6, 220, R/R, Jr.) - 4.50 ERA is lowest among returners

Bruins Start Season With 4-1 Win Over UC Riverside:
Matt Thayer went 3-for-3 with a home run and Casey Janssen struck out nine batters in four innings of work to help lead UCLA to a 4-1 win over UC Riverside.

Thayer put UCLA ahead with a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning in his first at-bat of the 2004 season. The Bruins added three more runs in the third inning as Thayer, Brandon Averill and Brett McMillan drove in the runs.

Janssen and sophomore Hector Ambriz combined to throw a five-hit contest. Janssen, threw four innings and did not allow a run, while striking out nine batters. Ambriz earned his first collegiate win in his five-inning outing. He allowed one run on three hits, while striking out five Highlanders.

Tony Festa broke up the shutout with a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning. However, UCR could not mount a comeback against the strength of Ambriz.

Alumni and Current Bruins Play to 2-2 Tie:
The 2004 Bruins and Bruin professionals played to a 2-2 tie in a five-inning contest at Jackie Robinson Field.

Philadelphia Phillie Chase Utley drove in the first alumni team runs in the top of the third inning with a double to right field. Both Jack Santora and Los Angeles Dodger Dave Roberts scored on the hit.

Bryan Beck started the game for the 2004 Bruins and recorded three strikeouts in three innings of action.

David Johnson pitched the fourth frame and struck out two of the three batters he faced.

The Bruin rally started in the bottom of the fourth frame as Sean Carpenter singled to start the frame. After moving to second on a passed ball, Carpenter would come around to score on a Brandon Averill single. Hector Ambriz would drive the tying run with a single. After four innings, the teams were tied at 2-2.

Earlier in the day, Utley hit the only home run of the home run derby in the last at-bat of the contest to take the crown.

The Old Timers game, which consisted of alumni from 1939 - 1979, ended in a 6-6 tie after a late rally from the home team.

The Young Timers gamer, which featured alumni from 1980-2003, also ended in a stalemate with a 3-3 tie. Cassidy Olson (1995-98) drove in two runs for the visitors, while Dave Ravitz (1990-93) drove in the other run. For the home team, John Campanella (2001) and Jason Green (1996-99) both recorded an RBI.

Whisler Named Preseason All-American:
Junior utility player Wes Whisler was named a second-team preseason All-American by Baseball America and a honorable mention selection by prior to the 2004 season.

The Noblesville, Indiana native hit .310 last season with nine home runs and a team-high 70 hits. Whisler, who was an All Pac-10 First Team selection after the 2003 season, was also a team leader on the mound. He posted a 5.66 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 15 starts.

Prior to the 2003 season, Whisler earned first-team honors from Baseball America, along with picking up third-team honors after his freshman campaign in 2002. The publication also honored the lefty as its top prospect out of the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2002.

Adams to be Inducted into ABCA Hall of Fame:
UCLA Head Coach Gary Adams, who is entering his 30th year at the helm of the Bruin program, will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on January 7, 2005 at the ABCA National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

Induction into the ABCA Hall of Fame is the highest honor given to college baseball coaches. Upon entering, Adams will join current Hall of Fame coaches like Mark Marquess of Stanford and Jack Smitheran of UC Riverside, along with former coaches like Rod Dedeaux of USC and Jerry Kindall of Arizona. Former UCLA Head Coach Art Reichle is also a member of the ABCA Hall of Fame.

During his 29 seasons (1975-03) at UCLA, Adams, 64, has compiled a record of 949-792-7. The Bruins have participated in the NCAA playoffs seven times in the last 14 years, reaching the College World Series in 1997 and the Super Regional in 2000. No less than 38 of his Bruins have reached the Major Leagues, the highest total of any active collegiate baseball coach.

Including his five seasons (1970-74) at UC Irvine, his record is 1,137-862-12. He won the NCAA Division II NCAA championship in 1973 and 1974.

About Fresno State...
The Bulldogs started their 2004 season last weekend by hosting nationally-ranked Stanford and going 1-2 in the series and defeated Cal Poly, 8-2 in midweek play. Last season, Fresno State was 30-29 and 14-16 in WAC play. The Bulldogs finished third in the conference.

Head Coach Mike Batesole is in his 2nd year as the head coach of the Bulldogs, with a 286-178-1 career mark heading into the season. UCLA has posted a 9-1 record against Fresno State.

Top Players
Kent Sakamoto (So., INF) .467, 2 RBI - Bakersfield, CA (East Bakersfield HS)
Ryan Haag (Sr., INF) .294, 2 RBI - Newhall, CA (Cal State Northridge)
Tom Shannon (Sr., OF) .267, 1 HR, 3 RBI - Fresno, CA (Univ. of Miami)
Richie Robnett (So., OF) .333, 2 RBI - Visalia, CA (Santa Barbara CC)

Starting Pitcher
David Griffin (Sr., LHP) 0.00 ERA, 1-0 - Chowchilla, CA (Fresno CC)

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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Saturday, Feb 20 - 2:00 PM PST
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Sunday, Feb 21 - 1:00 PM PST
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