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Baseball Hosts California in Pac-10 Weekend Series
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/03/2003

April 3, 2003

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This Week:
April 4, vs. California, 6:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium*
RHP Matt Brown (2-3) vs. LHP Mike Kunes (4-1)
April 5, vs. California, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium*
RHP Brian Montalbo (3-2) vs. LHP Wes Whisler (3-4)
April 6, vs. California, 1:00 p.m., Jackie Robinson Stadium*
RHP Kyle Crist (2-1) vs. RHP Casey Janssen (3-3) Tentative Lineup
1B Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Tied for team lead with 37 hits.
2B Preston Griffin (5-11, 184, R/R, Jr.) Set new career-high w/6 RBI vs. UCR.
SS Kevin Conlin (6-3, 200, R/R, So.) Hit two doubles vs. Wichita St. (3/22)
3B Brandon Averill (6-4, 200, R/R, Jr.) Hit three home runs in Arizona series.
LF Sean Carpenter (6-0, 165, R/R, Fr.) Career-high 4 RBI vs. Wichita St. (3/23)
CF Matt Thayer (5-10, 173, R/L, So.) Team-high eight stolen bases.
RF Billy Susdorf (6-1, 200, R/R, So.) Leads UCLA with six home runs.
C Chris Denove (6-1, 195, R/R, Fr.) Tied for team lead with 37 hits.
DH Brett McMillan (6-5, 210, L/R, Fr.) Team-high .356 batting average.
P Mike Kunes (6-2 1/2, 215, L/L, Sr.) Four wins is tops among Bruins.
P Wes Whisler (6-5, 227, L/L, So.) Season-high 7 innings vs. Ariz. (3/29)
P Casey Janssen (6-3, 185, R/R, Jr.) Second on team with 32 strikeouts.

Bruin Baseball On The Air:
UCLA's Pacific-10 conference games will be live internet broadcast at www.uclabruins.com. Tony Luftman will bring you the action along with guest color commentators, including Craig Duncan and former Bruin pitcher Tim Leary.

Bruins Take First Pac-10 Series of the Season, 2-1 From Arizona:
Brandon Averill hit three home runs and drove in a team-high eight RBI over the weekend to give UCLA a 2-1 series victory (W, 6-4, W, 7-5, L, 12-10) over #17 Arizona.

In Friday's win, Averill hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning that would prove to be the difference in the game. Reliever Doug Silva shut down the Wildcats in the late innings, allowing only two hits in the final five frames.

The Bruins jumped out to an early lead, posting six runs in the first five innings. Billy Susdorf led UCLA with three hits and two RBI, while hitting his team leading sixth home run of 2003. Starter Wes Whisler picked up his third win of the season, allowing one run on two hits in seven innings of action.

UCLA was unable to complete the sweep with a 12-10 loss in Sunday's slugfest. Despite outhitting Arizona (14-12), five errors allowed seven unearned runs to cross the plate. Averill recorded his first multiple home run performance of the year, which included a three run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

About California...
The Golden Bears enter the weekend with a 18-13 record after taking two out of three at Oregon State last weekend. California opened its Pac-10 season with a series victory (2-1) over Washington State.

Head Coach David Esquer is in his 4th year as the head coach of the Golden Bears and holds a 88-80 mark at California coming into the 2003 season. In the series, UCLA holds a 90-68 advantage over the Golden Bears, with a 55-27 record at home.

Top Players
Chris Grossman (Jr., C) .345, 5 HR, 38 RBI - Alamo, CA (Monte Vista HS)
Conor Jackson (Jr., INF) .314, 4 HR, 19 RBI, - Woodlnad Hills, CA (El Camino Real HS)
Allen Craig (Fr., INF) .324, 2 HR, 15 RBI - Temecula, CA (Chaparral HS)
James Holder (So., INF) .302, 4 HR, 20 RBI - Atherton, CA (Bellarmine Prep)
Brian Horowitz (Jr., OF) .293, 5 HR, 25 RBI - Encino, HS (Crespi HS)

Starting Pitchers
Matt Brown (Jr., RHP) 5.44 ERA, 2-3 - Danville, CA (San Ramon Valley HS)
Brian Montalbo (Jr., RHP) 5.84 ERA, 3-2 - Anchorage, AK (Diamond HS)
Kyle Crist (So., RHP) 3.89 ERA, 2-1 - Roseville, CA (Granite Bay HS)


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