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Bruins To Play Final Midweek Home Game, Host UCSB
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/05/2003

May 5, 2003

This Week:
May 6, vs. UC Santa Barbara, 6:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium*
RHP Eric Posthumus (3-3) vs. RHP Chris Cordeiro (0-2)

Tentative Lineup
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Second on team with 54 hits.
2B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Jr.) Homered twice in ASU series.
SS Ryan McCarthy (6-3, 180, R/R, So.) Four hits vs.OSU (5/3)
3B Warren Trott (6-1, 188, B/R, Sr.) Team-high .438 batting average.
LF Chris Jensen (6-1, 185, L/R, So.) Hit .333 in OSU series.
CF Matt Thayer (5-10, 173, R/L, So.) Team-high nine stolen bases.
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 200, R/R, So.) Career-high four hits vs. OSU (5/3)
C Jeff Abney (6-1, 200, R/R, Fr.) Set career-high with two hits. (4/18)
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) Leads team with 12 doubles.
P Chris Cordeiro (6-4, 193, R/R, Jr.) 4.17 ERA is second lowest on team.

Bruins Rally To Take a Series Victory Over Oregon State:
UCLA rallied from two consecutive 5-0 deficits to win the first two games of the weekend. However, the magic would not last as they could not comeback from a 6-0 on Sunday, falling 7-6.

After rain delayed the game on Friday night, the Bruins returned to Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday behind 4-0. A six-run fifth inning spearheaded the UCLA comeback. The frame was highlighted by a three-RBI double from Brett McMillan and RBI-singles from Wes Whisler, Chris Jensen and Matt Thayer. Ryan McCarthy insured the win in the bottom of the eighth inning with a two-run homer which gave the Bruins a 8-7 victory.

Later in the day, UCLA would find itself in the same situation, trailing 5-0 after five frames. Yet a seven-run eighth inning would give the Bruins a 8-6 lead. A solo home run from Whisler would lead off the inning before Warren Trott added a three-run shot. After the Beavers rallied in the ninth inning, the Bruins won the game, 10-9, in the bottom of the tenth on an RBI-single from Billy Susdorf.

Once again, Oregon State got ahead early on Sunday with six runs in the second inning. Despite holding the Beaver scoreless in the final five innings and posting five runs late in the game, UCLA could not overcome the deficit, falling 7-6. McMillan highlighted the late inning efforts with a two-run homer, while Preston Griffin drove in two runs in the sixth with a single to center field.

About UC Santa Barbara...
The Gauchos enter the week 21-25, 4-11 in Big West action. Last weekend, UC Santa Barbara took two out of three from Cal State Northridge.

Head Coach Bob Brontesma is in his tenth year as the head coach of the Gaucho, with a 239-241 mark heading into the season. UC Santa Barbara edged claimed the first victory in the series with the Bruins in a 7-5 win at Cesar Uyesaka Stadium on Feb. 18th.

Top Players
Nate Sutton (Jr., INF) .335, 4 HR, 21 RBI - Santa Cruz, CA (Bellarmine Prep)
Matt Wilkerson (Jr., INF) .263, 4 HR, 26 RBI - Santa Margarita, CA (Santa Margarita HS)
Chad Ziemendorf (Jr., C) .250, 5 HR, 23 RBI - Los Altos, CA (Mission College)
Josh Fulton (Sr., INF) .328, 1 HR, 16 RBI - Seaside, CA (Univ. of Washington)
Bill Rowe (Fr., INF) .311, 3 HR, 16 RBI - Ashland, OR (Ashland HS)
Taylor Vogt (Jr., C) . 267, 2 HR, 21 RBI - Burlingame, CA (Burlingame HS)

Starting Pitcher
Eric Posthumus (So., RHP) 6.57 ERA, 3-3 - Santa Clarita, CA (Hart HS)


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