Teams: UC Davis vs. Nevada
Records: Aggies, 2-8; Wolf Pack, 3-8
Where: Dobbins Stadium
When: Today at 2:30 p.m.
Who to watch: Ty Kelly is heating up.
The junior third baseman hit a two-run homer against Portland on Saturday, the first of his five hits in the doubleheader. The reigning Big West Conference batting champion lifted his average 74 points on the day to .289.
In the preseason, Kelly was named to the Ping! All-America third team and Brooks Player of the Year Watch List after batting .397 in 2008.
Did you know? UC Davis has used nine different lineups through 10 games this season.
“It’s very fluid,” coach Rex Peters said of the lineup. “We’re searching for the right combination of guys that play hard, compete hard, and give us the best chance of winning. … Hopefully we’ll figure it out sometime soon.“
Preview: Nevada couldn’t have picked a worse time to roll into town.
For the first time all season, the UC Davis offense has picked up double-digit hits in two straight games, and it enters today with the confidence that last weekend was only the beginning.
“I think it‘s a sign that the bats are finally beginning to come around,“ Peters said. “I think we‘re a better offensive team than we‘ve shown through [the] 10 games this year and that we‘re due to swing the bats and start producing some runs.“
If the Aggies can keep the offensive production coming, the Wolf Pack could have a hard time keeping up. They are averaging only three runs per game over their past seven contests (six).
Nevada dropped two of three at home to Washington over the weekend.
– Michael Gehlken