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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Baseball preview

Teams: UC Davis at Portland

Records: Aggies, 2-5; Pilots, 5-4

Where: Joe Etzel StadiumPortland, Ore.

When: Friday at 2 p.m.; Saturday at 1 p.m.; Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Who to watch: Ryan Scoma knows how to start a ninth-inning rally.

With UC Davis trailing by two, the senior outfielder had a leadoff walk and scored the first of two runs to force extras against No. 12 UCLA on Feb. 22. The Aggies eventually won the game in the 11th.

On Saturday, Scoma did it again, putting the game-winning run on base with a one-out single in UC Davis4-3 walk-off win over No. 11 Pepperdine.

Did you know? Scoma isn’t the only one who knows how to come up big late.

As a team, UC Davis outscores its opponents in the eighth, ninth and extra innings by a combined 8-4 margin. By comparison, the team is being outscored 48-10 in the first seven innings of games this season.

Preview: The Aggies are ready to build on their walk-off win over Pepperdine.

They just wish they would have had the chance to do it already.

Rain kept UC Davis from playing Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday and defending national champion Fresno State on Wednesday. The Bakersfield game had to be postponed to May 21, and the game against the Bulldogs was canceled.

This weekend, the Aggies hope weather won’t be a factor as they look to capture their first series win of the season and snap a recent funk against the Pilots.

UC Davis has lost five of its last six at Joe Hetzel Stadium. It fell 11-10 last year at Dobbins Stadium in the two teamslone meeting.

“We havent had a lot of success at their place,coach Rex Peters said. “Hopefully, we can turn that around this week. They’ll be a competitive club and theyll throw strikes and play hard.

According to weather.com, there is a 10 percent chance of rain on Friday and 40 percent chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Michael Gehlken

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