Baseball Drops Fifth-Straight, Losing To 23rd-Ranked USC 11-7

April 24, 2002


Matt Vasquez and Sean Thompson combined to walk nine batters, and Matt Wilkerson's 11th home run of the season was not enough, as UC Santa Barbara falls to 23rd-ranked USC, 11-7, Wednesday evening at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles.

With the loss, the Gauchos have now dropped five-straight games, and are 16-25 overall and 3-9 in the Big West Conference.

Brett Bannister (4-2) gets the win for the Trojans, who improve to 25-16 overall and 9-3 in the Pac-10 Conference.

Matt Vasquez (4-6) takes the loss, going four innings giving up seven runs on eight hits, while walking six and striking out two. The loss was Vasquez's fifth in six starts. Sean Thompson (Redondo Beach, Calif.) pitched the final four innings in relief of Vasquez giving up four runs off of four hits and three walks, while striking out five.

USC had only one extra base hit in the game but 12 hits and nine walks gave the Trojans more than enough opportunities to manufacture some runs. Bill Peavy and Joey Metropolous led the way offensively for the men of Troy, with Peavy going 1-for-3 with two runs and three RBI, and Metropolous going 3-fror-4 with two RBI.

The top three hitters in the Gaucho lineup-Blair Havens, Dave Licht, and Ryan Spilborghs-all had two hits apiece, going 6-for-12 as a trio. Spilborghs and Havens both hit doubles.

Matt Wilkerson (Trabuco Hills, Calif.) smacked his 11th home run of the year, a three-run shot in the sixth inning, and high school teammate Chris Malec (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), hit his team-leading 12th double of the season.

The Gauchos will return home to face local rival Westmont (7-31), tomorrow at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.