UCSB Wins First Series of the Season By Easily Defeating Pepperdine 12-2
Feb. 6, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
With a four RBI performance by junior first baseman Bill Rowe and an impressive five innings of work by starting pitcher sophomore Andy Graham, UC Santa Barbara wins its first series of the season in a 12-2 rout over Pepperdine at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
For the second straight game, Pepperdine did not waste anytime scoring. Shortstop David Uribes hit a one out double to the right center gap. Chad Tracy promptly singled, driving in Uribes to give the Waves a 1-0 lead.
The Gauchos swung the bats early and often on Sunday afternoon, tallying three runs in the bottom of the first. Lead off batter Matt Emerick began the inning with a single. Senior third baseman David Figoni followed Emerick's base hit with a walk. Emerick and Figoni each moved up a base on a wild pitch thrown by Pepperdine's starting pitcher, Robert Della Grotta. Senior second baseman Chris Malec drew another walk to load the bases with nobody out. Two batters later, junior first baseman Bill Rowe doubled to center field, clearing the base paths.
After giving up one run in the top of the first, Graham worked himself into a grove. Graham hurled five innings, allowing only one run while striking out four helping him improve his record to 1-0 on the season.
Pepperdine starting pitcher Della Grotta only lasted two innings, giving up seven earn runs in just two innings of work.
The Gauchos scoring parade continued in the bottom of the third, adding six runs to the board. Figoni led off the inning with a single. Malec put runners on first and second base by drawing his second walk of the afternoon. Senior right fielder Matt Wilkerson singled and drove in Figoni for the inning's first run. Malec advanced to third and Wilkerson took second on a throwing error by Pepperdine second baseman Nick Kliebert. Rowe added to his RBI list by driving in Malec with his single to center field. After a pitching change for the Waves, sophomore shortstop Chris Valaika hit a sac fly to right field, scoring Wilkerson. The next batter junior left fielder C.J. Cook drew the innings second walk. Senior catcher Matt Kalafatis joined the party with his base hit, loading the bases for the Gauchos. Designated hitter freshman Matt Aidem inked his first RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field. Both Cook and Kalafatis moved up a position on a fielding error by Pepperdine's Steve Kleen. Emerick, the ninth Gaucho hitter of the inning, singled driving in both Cook and Kalafatis. At the end of the third inning the scoreboard read Gauchos 9, Waves 1.
From that point on the Gauchos cruised to their second victory of the season. The Gauchos added two more runs in the fourth inning with a two-run shot by Wilkerson. It was his first of the season. One run was also added in bottom of the seventh inning.
At one point in the game, the Gauchos sent six straight pinch hitters to the plate.
Brian Tracy once again got the better of his brother Chad by getting him to fly out to right field. In the series, Chad was 0-2 against Brian.
UCSB hits the road this weekend for a three-game set against San Jose. Game 1 of the series is slated to begin at 2:00 pm. The Gauchos return home on February 15 to host Westmont at 2:00 pm.