Wilkerson's Two Home Runs and Six RBI Leads Gauchos Past Pepperdine

May 11, 2004

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Junior right-fielder Matt Wilkerson launched two more home runs Tuesday afternoon as UC Santa Barbara cruised to its eighth straight win, 10-3 over Pepperdine at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. Wilkerson drove in a career high six RBI, highlighted by his school-record third grand slam of the season, and freshman Brian Tracy (2-1) pitched five effective innings for his second win of the season.

The non-conference victory improves UCSB's record to 31-17 with just six games remaining. The Waves fall to 23-26 in the loss.

Wilkerson has now homered four times in the Gauchos last three games and has knocked in 14 RBI over his last four games. Also, his two round-trippers tie him with Taylor Vogt for the team lead with eight.

Santa Barbara scored nine runs in the first two innings against Pepperdine and never looked back. In the first, Wilkerson launched his first homer with one out and the bases loaded. Then in the second, after Chris Malec was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score a run and Vogt delivered a two-RBI single, Wilkerson stroked an RBI sacrifice fly to give the Gauchos an 8-0 lead. Chris Valaika's RBI single later in the inning made it 9-0.

The Waves jumped on Tracy in the third as they plated three runs with the help of two RBI singles and a sacrifice fly. Luke Salas, Steve Kleen and Cory Brightwell picked up Pepperdine's only RBI of the game in the inning.

Tracy would only surrender those runs, as he tossed five innings and gave up five hits while striking out two. For the first time in their lives, Brian and his brother Chad, Pepperdine's starting catcher, faced each other in a game. UCSB's Brian got the upperhand, retiring Chad twice. In the second, Chad flied out to right field and in the third, he popped out to center.

Nate Holguin, Ivan Ramirez and Aaron Jones combined in relief. to give up just one hit over the game's final four innings.

Wilkerson launched his second home run of the day as he led off in the Gaucho sixth. He now holds the team RBI lead with 52.