UCSB Drops Season-Opener to Pepperdine, 8-4
Feb. 4, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
Catcher Chad Tracy had a home run, a double and three RBI and pitcher Paul Coleman threw four hitless innings of relief--striking out seven--to lead visiting Pepperdine to an 8-4 win over UC Santa Barbara Friday in the season opener for both teams.
The Waves jumped out first by tallying four in the top of the third inning. Second baseman Nick Kliebert led off the inning with a single to right field. Third baseman Patrick Rooney immediately followed with a base hit to right, advancing Kliebert to second. Both runners advanced on right fielder Jason Dominguez's sacrifice bunt. Kilebert came around to score on the single by center fielder Adrian Ortiz. Following a foul out by shortstop David Uribes and a stolen base by Ortiz, catcher Chad Tracy extended the inning with a two out, two-run double to center field. Tracy scored on first baseman Steve Kleen's base hit to right field.
Pepperdine stuck again in the fourth inning with a home run by Rooney. In the top of the fifth the Waves posted three more runs on a solo blast by Tracy, and a two-run shot by designated hitter Ryan Beglin.
UCSB rallied to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fifth. The Gauchos began their four run attack with back-to-back one-out singles by junior center fielder Matt Emerick and senior third baseman David Figoni. Emerick came around to score on senior second baseman Chris Malec's base knock to right. After both runners moved up a bag on a wild pitch thrown by starting pitcher Kea Kometani, senior right fielder Matt Wilkerson hit a towering shot to right field that was lost in the sun and fell in for a double, scoring both Figoni and Malec.
Relief pitcher Coleman entered the game in the sixth inning and put the clamps on the Gaucho offense. Coleman retired 12 of 13 batters, allowing only a walk to UCSB's Figoni. During his appearance, Coleman struck out four consecutive and six of seven Gaucho batters.
UCSB starting hurler junior Steve Morlock struggled in his first outing of the season. Morlock hurled five innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits. All the runs were earned.
UCSB pitcher Brian Tracy and Pepperdine catcher Chad Tracy, brothers, faced each other with their father, Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Jim Tracy, in the stands. Brian got the better of his brother by forcing Chad to ground out to the shortstop to end the top of the sixth inning.
UCSB and Pepperdine return to action on Saturday at 1:00 pm in Malibu, Calif. The teams complete their season-opening series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at UCSB's Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.