May 17, 2002
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara baseball team (20-30, 6-13 Big West) scored in all but one inning, handily downing Sacramento State (19-32, 1-18 Big West), 15-4, to claim their third consecutive Big West Conference victory, Friday afternoon at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Gaucho starter Sean Thompson (Redondo Beach, Calif.) improves to 3-3 on the season, striking out eight batters in six innings of work. Jeremy Sugarman (Malibu Calif.) struck out the side in the seventh and also pitched the eighth inning in relief of Thompson. James Dayley (Paul, Idaho) closed out the game for the Gauchos, with a scoreless ninth.
Hornet starter Dave Turner (0-4) takes the loss, giving up five runs in 1.1 innings of work. Marshall Plouffe relieved Turner in the second and gave up two runs in 1.2 innings. Steve Cuchovich pitched the final five frames for Sacramento State, giving up seven runs.
Sacramento State jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first, but the Gauchos would put up four runs in the second inning, with home runs by left fielder Matt Wilkerson (Trabuco Hills, Calif.) and first baseman Josh McCanne (Mammoth, Calif.), to take a 5-3 lead.
UCSB would blow the game open by scoring two runs in the fourth, and three more in the fifth, to make it a 10-3 game. The Gauchos scored in every inning until the eighth.
Shortstop Dave Licht (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the 18-hit Gaucho attack, with a 4-for-4 day at the plate, to go with three RBI and a double. Wilkerson was also one of five Gauchos to get two-or-more hits, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer and three RBI. The freshman exended his Big West and UCSB freshman home run record to 16, with the homer.
First baseman Chris Kinsey and left fielder Casey Fuller led Sacramento State offensively, with Kinsey going 2-for-4 with two doubles, and Fuller going 3-for-4 with a triple.
The Gauchos and Hornets resume play tomorrow, at 1:00 p.m. back at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.