Teams: UC Davis at No. 6 Cal State Fullerton
Records: Aggies, 7-28 (1-8); Titans, 25-11 (6-6)
Where: Dobbins Stadium
When: Friday at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Who to watch: UC Davis‘ best hitter came through when it needed him most on Tuesday.
Junior third baseman Ty Kelly’s eighth-inning RBI single proved to be the game-winner in the Aggies 8-7 win over St. Mary’s at Dobbins Stadium.
A Tracy, Calif. native, Kelly is hitting .309 with a team-best 13 doubles. He ranks second on the club in RBI (19) and slugging (.460).
Did you know? The Big West Conference has no shortage of nationally ranked teams.
Three of the league’s nine clubs are ranked in the top 20: No. 3 UC Irvine, No. 18 Cal Poly and the Titans. Two others have already amassed the 20-win plateau.
Preview: Things aren’t getting any easier for the UC Davis baseball team.
A weekend removed from dropping three straight to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, the Aggies have to turn around and face sixth-ranked Cal State Fullerton.
“I think they’re one of the top teams in the conference and their national ranking shows that,” coach Rex Peters said. “They play all phases of the game. They’ll pitch well, pressure the defense. We’ll certainly have a big challenge ahead of us with them coming to town.“
The Titans are coming off an 8-5 come-from-behind win over San Diego on Tuesday. Sophomore infielder Gary Brown delivered a tie-breaking, two-run triple in the seventh.
Cal State Fullerton boasts a .319 batting average and .399 on base percentage as a club. Junior Josh Fellhauer paces the team in both categories (.410 average, .488 on base).
– Adam Loberstein