25 Matt Wilkerson
Height: 6-4
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: Santa Margarita, Calif.
High School: Santa Margarita HS
Position: Outfield
Matt Wilkerson returns for his fourth year as a starter with the Gauchos...An honors candidate, he is inked in as the starter in right field.
Hit .279 and started all 54 games for the Gauchos... Was the team leader with 56 RBIs... Smacked nine homeruns and 92 total bases... With 29 four-baggers, Wilkerson is seventh all-time on the career homer runs list and is 12 shy of being the overall leader...Was the only Gaucho to have two multi-home run games... Had a pair of two-home run games, once against Cal State Northridge on May 8 and once against Pepperdine on May 11. In the win over Pepperdine, Wilkerson had six RBI...Over a four game span that included three games against Cal State Northridge and one against Pepperdine, he went 9-of-16 (.562), with four home runs, one double, seven runs scored, and 13 RBI...Had 12 games with two or more RBI and six games with four or more RBI...Produced 15 multi-hit games... Had a season-high three hits five times, twice against Cal State Northridge and once against Pacific, UC Irvine, and New Mexico...Although he had just seven doubles on the season, five came in the last 14 games.
Batted .270 while being the only player to start and play in all 53 games...Led team in six offensive categories, including RBI, stolen bases and triples...Blasted four home runs and racked up 30 RBI...With 20 career round-trippers, will begin season two dingers shy of climbing onto the Top-10 all-time career home runs list...Compiled nine multi-RBI games, including a grand slam in a four-RBI performance on March 8 against Loyola Marymount.
Started 50 games for the Gauchos...Hit .312 and tallied 49 RBI in his freshman campaign...Led team with 16 homeruns, the most by a freshman in Big West Conference history, shattering the old mark of 14, held by San Diego Padre and Cal State Fullerton Alumni, Phil Nevin... Hit three home runs on February 26, in a 12-7 loss to UCLA...Had two other multiple homerun games against Northridge and Westmont...Had at least three hits seven games this past season and notched 14 multiple-RBI games...Finished the season second on the team in stolen bases (7), total bases (122), and slugging percentage (.635)...Received Freshman All-American and Big West Conference honorable mention honors.
High School
Played for Tip Lefebvre and Mike Borowski at Santa Margarita HS...Three time All-Serra League selection and two time All-County selection...As a senior batted .418 with seven home runs, 28 RBI, and 11 stolen bases...Had five saves on the mound...As a junior batted .509 with nine home runs, 27 RBI, and 9 stolen bases...Went 3-2 as a pitcher with 3.86 ERA...Also went 4-1 as a sophomore with a 2.95 ERA...Hit four career grand slams at Santa Margarita...Drafted by Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 30th round of 2001 MLB draft.
Born December 18, 1982 in Anaheim, CA...Majoring in philosophy...Roots for the San Diego Padres...Favorite athletes are Ryan Klesko, Jason Giambi, and Tracy McGrady...Would like to bat against Satchel Paige...Favorite movie is Dazed and Confused...Favorite quote from a movie is, "There's no crying in baseball!", from Tom Hanks in A League of their Own...Most memorable sports moment was hitting a grand slam at Hohokam park...Has one brother...Son of Ron and Wendy Wilkerson.