8 Matt Emerick
Height: 6-0
Weight: 180
Year: Senior
Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
High School: Santa Barbara HS
Position: Outfield
Senior will get the starting nod in center field for the third consecutive year.

Played in 54 of the Gauchos' 56 games and started 48...Finished 2005 with a .238 batting average...Ranked third on the team with five stolen bases...At home against Pepperdine on February 6, Emerick went 3-for-4 with one run scored and knocked in two...Had three hits, three RBI and a run scored against Westmont on April 5...Had a season-high two runs scored on three occasions...Swiped a season-best two bags against Loyola Marymount on March 11.

Started 36 games in center field while posting a .308 batting average...Went 16-42 (.381) with runners in scoring position...Was a perfect 4-4 in stolen bases...He closed the season with a rush, going 7-10 with a double, a triple, five runs scored and four RBI in the final two games at Cal Poly...Overall, he had ten multiple-hit games...Had a season-high four hits and three runs scored in the penultimate game of the season against Cal Poly...At one point Emerick had a run of three consecutive two-hit games, one each against Cal State Northridge, Pepperdine, and Pacific...Had eight games with two RBI...Went 14-of-32 (.437) over the final eight games of the year to boost his average over the .300 mark by season's end.

Finished successful freshman season with a .229 batting average, two homeruns and 14 RBI...Maintained a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 43 games played.

Summer Ball
Played for the Santa Maria Indians in 2005...Batted a team-leading .354 in 82 at-bats...Scored 12 runs and swiped seven bases...Was a staple of the Indians' defensive lineup in center field.

High School
Played for Fred Warrecker at Santa Barbara High School...First Team All-Channel League his senior year...Hit .405 with five homeruns and tied a school record with 40 hits as a senior...Batted .375 with one round-tripper his junior campaign...Also pitched that year, posting a 4-1 record and a 2.13 ERA.

Born February 9, 1984 in Walnut Creek, California...Majoring in Mechanical Engineering at UCSB...Jim Edmonds and Mark Bellhorn are his favorite athletes...Roots for the Chicago Cubs...Most memorable sports moment was watching Kirk Gibson's homerun in the 1988 World Series...Favorite movies are Major League and Beverly Hills Cop...Favorite TV show is Married with Children...Son of Linda Petzold and John Emerick.