Feb. 17, 2004
Today's Game: February 17, at Loyola Marymount, 2:00 p.m.
LHP Wes Whisler (0-0) vs. RHP Jeff Stevens (0-0)
Tentative Lineup-2003 Notes
1B Brett McMillan (6-5, 225, L/R, So.)-Freshman 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
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 237, L/L, Jr.)-Second-Team All-American
About Loyola Marymount...
The Lions enter the week with a 2-2 record after going 1-2 against #11 Baylor in Waco, Texas last weekend. Last season, Loyola Marymount was 26-30 and 13-17 in WCC play.
Head Coach Frank Cruz is in his 5th year as the head coach of the Bulldogs, with a 197-210-1 career mark heading into the season. Last season, the teams split their meetings with LMU defeating UCLA 9-0, and the Bruins beating the Lions 7-1.
Clint McGill (Sr., INF) .385, 5 hits - Fresno, CA (Texas Tech)
Jonathan Higashi (Sr., C) .273, 2 doubles - Canoga Park, CA (Chaminade)
James Cooper (So., OF) .182, 3 RBI - Los Angeles, CA (Santa Monica HS)
Kyle Mura (So., INF) .143, 2 doubles - Trabuco Canyon, CA (Mission Viejo HS)
Jeff Stevens (So., RHP ) 0.00 ERA, 0-0 - Moraga, CA (Campolindo HS)
UCLA Takes Two of Three From Fresno State in Opening Series:
Senior Casey Janssen allowed only one hit in six innings and struck out eight Bulldogs to lead the Bruins to a Friday night win against Fresno State. A balanced offensive attack would help the team post 10 hits. Billy Susdorf, Wes Whisler and Chris Denove all had two hits on the night, while Preston Griffin drove in two runs.
A three-run homer from Brandon Averill in the bottom of the eighth inning would prove to be the game winner to bring the Bruins back from behind to post a 13-11 win on Saturday. Freshman walk-on Kevin Brophy shut down the Bulldog offense late in the game with 2.1 innings of scoreless ball to earn the win. Averill finished the day with a career-high six RBI, while Susdorf went 4-for-5 with three doubles.
On Sunday, a two-run homer from Brett McMillan would even the score at 2-2 in the fifth inning and the game would remain that way until Fresno State scored a run in the top of the tenth inning to take a 3-2 victory. Bruin starter Bryan Beck was stellar in his first start of the season, striking out seven batters with only one walk in 5.2 innings of work.