March 30, 2002
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - In a battle between the top two home run hitting teams in the Big West, Cal State Northridge out-slugged UC Santa Barbara five home runs-to-two, in defeating the Gauchos 15-9, on an overcast Saturday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Freshman designated hitter Matt Wilkerson (Trabuco Hills, Calif.) hit both of the homers for UCSB, who now fall to 14-17 overall and 1-2 in Big West Conference play.
Andy Davidson (4-2) gets the win for Northridge, pitching six innings surrendering seven runs on ten hits and striking out seven. Matt Larson picks up the save as the Matadors improve to 20-11 overall and 2-1 in the Big West.
Both teams had 16 hits apiece, but the five long-balls and a six-run seventh inning, highlighted by Erik Verbryke's grand-slam, keyed the win for Cal State Northridge.
Ryan Haag, Aaron McKenzie, Jason Gorman and Tim Dorn also homered for the Matadors.
Rick Sorenson (Dana Point, Calif.) takes the loss for the Gauchos, as the sophomore relieved starter Jeremy Sugarman (Malibu Calif.), who was roughed up for seven runs, six earned, in four-plus innings of work.
All five UCSB pitchers were tagged for at least one run.
UCSB returns to action Friday April 5, when they travel south to take on UC Irvine for a three-game Big West Conference series.
Cal State Northridge travels to UC Riverside for their next series beginning also, on April 5.