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Friday, July 30, 2021

Baseball preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Cal State Bakersfield; Cal State Northridge

Records: Aggies, 11-40 (3-18); Roadrunners, 11-35; Matadors 22-30 (6-15)

Where: Dobbins Stadium

When: Thursday and Friday at 2:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Who to watch? The Aggies will honor their four seniors before Sunday’s matinee matchup against Cal State Northridge.

Cleanup hitter Ryan Scoma departs as one of the best batters in the UC Davis lineup. He’s second on the team in average (.301) and RBI (29).

Grant Hirneise has played four years in an Aggie uniform at various spots in the infield and as a designated hitter. On the year, Hirneise is batting .238 in 126 at-bats.

Jeremy McChesney also played four years at UC Davis. The righty has started 10 games this season, posting a 2-6 record.

Right-hander Adam Bennett joined the UC Davis baseball team after spending four years as a decorated water polo player for the Aggies. Bennett’s 16 appearances this season tie him with a handful of other pitchers for most on the team.

Did you know? The Aggies beat the Stanford Cardinal on Tuesday in the form of a decisive 11-2 victory at Sunken Diamond.

Ty Kelly posted a season-high five RBI and Anthony Kupbens got his second straight win.

Preview: UC Davis – 4-4 in its past eight games – looks for more of the same at Dobbins Stadium this weekend.

The Aggies first face Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday in a makeup game from an early-season rainout.

On Friday, UC Davis has to turn around and start a three-game set with Cal State Northridge.

The Matadors are ranked second to last in the Big West Conference, just ahead of the Aggies. UC Davis, however, is within striking distance of surpassing Cal State Northridge in the Big West standings.

“We’d like to finish this last week off with at least three wins and make it a winning week,” said coach Rex Peters. “If we can get all three games against Northridge, we can pass them up in the standings and not finish last. …That would be a nice accomplishment for this senior class.”

 

John S. Heller

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