Outfielder Ryan Scoma wasn’t exactly sure what the problem was.
Coach Rex Peters said his team wasn’t performing particularly well in any phase of the game.
That all changed on Tuesday.
The UC Davis baseball team did everything well against defending national champion Fresno State.
Scoma and a lineup that was having problems scoring runs put an 11 spot up on the board. Peters saw his struggling pitching staff combine to allow just three runs, as starter Dayne Quist threw seven stellar innings for UC Davis to claim the win.
The importance of this game goes beyond the scoreboard, though.
For the first time in a long time, it looked like the Aggies were having fun playing baseball again. The dugout chatter was back. The swagger was back.
In short, UC Davis looked like the team that earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament in its first year of eligibility last season, not a team that’s 4-18 this year.
(Random side note of the day: The Aggies may have just four victories to their credit, but they sure know how to pick ‘em. They have wins over No. 11 UCLA, No. 10 Pepperdine, rival Sacramento State and now Fresno State.)
A blowout win when you’re struggling against a quality opponent, let alone the defending champs? Always big.
A win like that where you perform well in all aspects of the game, giving you at least some of the momentum necessary to turn a spiraling season around? Even better.
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