February 6, 2005

Gauchos Use Extras to Earn First Victory of the Season 12-9

Feb. 6, 2005

Final Stats

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - In a game that was delayed about 19 hours due to darkness, UC Santa Barbara tallied its first victory of the season against host Pepperdine. Right fielder Matt Wilkerson had two hits and three RBI and catcher Matt Kalafatis had a bases clearing double to lead the Gauchos to their first victory of the season.

UCSB jumped out to lighting quick start posting five runs in the first inning. The rally began with a one out single to center field by senior third baseman David Figoni. The next batter senior second baseman Chris Malec walked putting two men on with only one out. Chris Valaika drove in his first runner of the 2005 season with a double to the right center gap. Malec advanced to third base on the hit. After walking senior right fielder Matt Wilkerson to load the bases, Pepperdine starting pitcher freshman Barry Enright gave up his second consecutive free pass to junior first baseman Bill Rowe to put the Gauchos up 2-0. The very next batter senior catcher Matt Kalafatis welcomed the freshman to college baseball with a bases clearing double down the left field line.

The Gaucho five run lead did not last very long, in the bottom of the first inning the Waves roughed up UCSB starter junior Michael Martin for four runs of their own. Lead off man Adrian Ortiz started the inning with a single to right field. It was followed by a base hit to left field by David Uribes. Catcher Chad Tracy continued the trend by hitting his own single to left scoring Ortiz on the play. Clean up hitter Steven Kleen made it a one run game by hitting a three-run home run over the left center field fence.

After a wild first inning of action, scoring did not resume again till Pepperdine put up one run in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the score at five. After an Ortiz groundout to begin the inning, Uribes doubled down the left field line. Uribes came with n 90 feet of home plate by swiping his first bag of the season. After a Tracy walk, Kleen struck again by hitting a sac fly to center, scoring Uribes.

The Gauchos then took control of game by putting up four runs in the final three innings. In the seventh inning, after back-to-back walks drawn by Valaika and Wilkerson, Rowe singled to pick up Valaika, advancing Wilkerson to third base. Junior utility man Matt Stevens joined the festivities by hitting a base hit and scoring Wilkerson.

In the eighth inning the Gauchos increased their lead 8-5 on the Waves. Figoni doubled to the right center gap and scored on Wilkerson's double over the center fielder's head. Matt Steven hit his first home run of the season in the top of the ninth, giving UCSB a 9-5 lead.

The Waves strung together their second four run rally of the afternoon to tie the Gauchos at the end of nine. After no production from the bottom hitters of the Pepperdine line-up, Coach Steve Rodriguez went to his bench calling on freshmen Danny Worth and Donald Brown. They rewarded their coach by hitting back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Worth and Brown each moved up a base after a groundout to the second baseman by Ortiz. The next batter Uribes cut the Gaucho lead in half with a single, scoring both Worth and Brown. Making the score now 9-7. Senior Nate Holguin was called on to pitch, replacing Senior Loren Fraser who threw three and two thirds innings, giving up three runs off four hits. Holguin got Tracy to pop up but Tracy reached base on a field error by Gaucho shortstop Valaika. Uribes advanced to second base on the play. On the next play Wilkerson made a nice catch down the right field line to record the second out on Kleen but Uribes advanced to third on the play. Luke Salas made it a one run affair by singling to right field and advancing Tracy to third base. Holguin threw his first wild pitch of the season allowing the Waves to come all they way back and tie the game.

After loading the bases and coming up empty in the top of the tenth inning the Gauchos took the lead again posting three runs in the top of the eleventh. The inning began with a walk to Stevens, followed by a single by freshman Matt Aidem. On the play, Stevens was thrown out at third attempting to advance to third base. Emerick followed with a base hit, moving Aidem to third. Figoni broke the tie ball game with his groundout to the third baseman, scoring Aidem on the play. After a Malec walk and an infield single by Valaika, Wilkerson drove in two, putting the Gauchos ahead for good 12-9.

For the second day in a row the Gaucho starting pitching struggled. Martin went four and two thirds innings, giving up eight hits off five runs. All runs were earned.

Relief pitcher Senior Alex McRobbie earned his first save of the season by striking out the final two Waves with the bases loaded. Nate Holguin was credited with the win.

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