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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Baseball Preview

Teams: UC Davis vs. Brigham Young University

Records: Aggies, 2-1; Cougars, 0-3

Where: Dobbins Field

When: Thursday: Game 1 at 11 a.m., Game 2 at 2:30 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m.

Who to watch: In college baseball, it takes a special kind of talent to be able to compete in the field, on the mound and at the plate.

That’s just what the Aggies ask of Scott Lyman who is listed as both an outfielder and a pitcher.

The Alamo, Calif. native was the starting pitcher in last Sunday’s game and hit fourth in the batting order. Despite leaving early to injury, Lyman made his presence felt and will pitch the final game of this weekend’s series.

“Scott Lyman’s stuff is really good,” said coach Rex Peters. “It’s just a matter of whether he can command it consistently. He’s getting better and the few innings he was in there he was commanding the strike zone pretty well.”

Did you know? During the entire 2009 season, the Aggies played in a total of three doubleheaders.

Today, UC Davis will be competing in their second doubleheader of this young season.

Preview: It’s no secret that the Aggies had a down year in 2009.

The team had a 13-42 record overall and finished last in the Big West Conference.

Despite being chosen in preseason polls to again finish last, there are plenty of reasons for the Aggies to be optimistic about the 2010 season.

Though they recorded just 13 wins last season, six of them came in the team’s final 12 games including an 11-2 drubbing of Pac-10 stalwart Stanford.

In addition to that, it took UC Davis seven games to log their first two wins a season ago.

This year, it took just three including a complete game pitched by Dayne Quist in the season opener.

“It felt good, especially after last year,” Quist said. “Everybody who was on that team last year promised that something like that wouldn’t happen again this season.”

Peters would agree.

“It’s a great start,” Peters said. “We didn’t win [the first game of a series] very often last year so to get that to start off the season is great.”

After playing one game against California yesterday, UC Davis will look to pick up where it left off against Utah as the Aggies begin their second consecutive weekend series facing an opponent from the Beehive state.

– Mark Ling


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