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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Baseball preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Nevada

Records: Aggies, 7-7

Where: Peccole Park – Reno, Nev.

When: Today at 2 p.m.

Who to watch: Senior outfielder Kevin James has been red-hot with the bat and will get another five games to keep it that way this week.

The El Cajon native joined junior catcher Jake Jefferies on the River City Classic All-Tournament Team after leading all Aggie outfielders with a .400 batting average, a .700 slugging percentage, three doubles and four RBI in the four games.

Did you know? UC Davis head coach Rex Peters is just three wins away from 400 career victories and one away from 150 with the Aggies. Peters is currently second all-time in wins at UC Davis behind legendary Aggie coach Phil Swimley, who guided the program for 34 years.

Preview: With their four-game losing streak last week snapped by a Sunday win at Sacramento State, the Aggies will look to stay in the win column as they prepare for another five-game set this week.

The Aggies will start things off by traveling for the first time since their season-opening series at Fresno State from Feb. 22 to 24. This time, they’ll cross the state border as the Nevada Wolf Pack will await them in The Biggest Little City in the World.

Today’s contest will be Nevada’s seventh game in its season-long 15-game homestand. The Wolf Pack had a successful 4-1 record last week with two wins over Cal State Monterey and Big West Conference opponent UC Riverside, and they defeated Saint Mary’s 11-10 yesterday afternoon.

Sophomore infielder Shaun Kort had himself quite the week, hitting .550 with a double, triple and 14 RBI on his way to being named the Western Atlantic Conference Hitter of the Week.

After a week of bullpen and defensive disasters, the Aggies will look to improve their fundamentals. Otherwise, some major changes may be in store.

We’ve got to re-evaluate what we’re teaching and maybe reevaluate some guys’ roles on the team in the pitching staff, said Peters after last week’s fourth straight loss. If we play like that in conference, we’re going to get slaughtered.



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