May 19, 2002
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Sacramento State (20-33, 2-18 Big West) built a 10-0 lead before UC Santa Barbara (21-31, 7-14 Big West) could score a single run, as the Hornets won the final game in the three-game Big West Conference series, 12-7, on senior Sunday, at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
Sacramento State would score three runs in the first and seven in the fifth to take a commanding 10-0 lead. Gaucho starter Matt Vasquez (5-9) was hit hard for nine runs, four earned, on eight hits, while striking out six in 4.2 innings.
Kevin Marzion (3-6) scattered eight hits through six innings, while giving up two runs and striking out six Gauchos to get the win. Tito Barbara led the way for the Hornets, going 2-for-5 with three RBI, including his first career home run. Mario Celillo also had a good game, going 2-for-4 with two RBI, including his fifth home run of the season.
The Gauchos would mount a late rally, scoring seven runs in the latter half of the game, but the 12 runs by the Hornets was too big of a hill to climb for UCSB.
On senior day, where seven Gaucho seniors played their final game, seniors R.J. Smith and Dave Licht provided the Gauchos with five of their 13 total hits. Smith, the leftfielder from Redondo Beach, Calif., went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, while Licht, the shortstop from Huntington Beach, went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI. For the series, Licht went 9-for-13 with six RBI, and two runs scored.
Two freshman and former Santa Margarita High School teammates, Chris Malec (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and Matt Wilkerson (Trabuco Hills, Calif.) also had a couple of hits, with Malec going 2-for-4 and Wilkerson going 3-for-5 with a double.
The Gauchos conclude their season next weekend, as they travel up the 101 to San Luis Obispo to take on Cal Poly for three Big West Conference games starting Friday.