Wilkerson and Malec Each Homer as UCSB Drops its Big West Opener to Pacific, 7-4
April 1, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Senior right fielder Matt Wilkerson went 3-for-5 with a home run (7), a double, three RBI and one run scored and senior shortstop Chris Malec went 3-for-5 with home run (4), one RBI and two runs scored as the UC Santa Barbara baseball team (14-13, 0-1) dropped its Big West opener to Pacific (13-15, 1-0) 7-4 Friday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
The Tigers struck first as they tallied one run in the top of the first inning off UCSB starting pitcher Michael Martin (3-2). UCSB came back to tie the ball game in the bottom of the third inning as Malec blasted his fifth home run of the season over the fence in right field.
Pacific then regained the lead as they immediately put two more runs on the board in the top of the fourth inning. First baseman Brett Manning hit the first of two home runs to give the Tigers the 3-1 lead.
The lead did not last long as the Gauchos took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning as Wilkerson, who has now homered in three straight games, hit a towering shot the opposite direction over the right center fence. Wilkerson leads the team with seven home runs.
Pacific would tie the game in the sixth inning, as Manning would homer for the second time in the ball game.
The Tigers would take the lead for good in the top of the seventh inning. Designated hitter Jerin Harper would hit a RBI-single to score Adam Ching, who reached base by being hit by a pitch.
Pacific added on to its lead and scored two runs, as freshman second baseman Alden Carrithers committed his first error of the season to begin the top of the eighth inning.
Santa Barbara starting hurler Martin dropped his second game of the season by allowing nine hits and five earned runs in 7.0 innings of work.
Pacific reliever Gregg Reynolds (2-0) earned his second victory of the season has he entered the game in the fifth inning and allowed no runs in one inning of work. Josh Schmidt earned his sixth save of the 2005 campaign as he held the Gauchos scoreless in the final 1.1 innings.
The Gauchos return to action tomorrow at 1:00 pm as the second game of this weekend's three-game set against Pacific continues. Sunday's series finale is also slated for a 1:00 pm first pitch at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.