Our program took a big step forward this past weekend. With inspired play and a huge dose of toughness, we split with then ranked #1 team in the country UC San Diego. It was a spirited, hard fought weekend and we are extremely proud of our players effort and the way they represented our program and University. We were on the brink of wining series in the last game, as we had the winning run at 2nd base with 0 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning (second game of doubleheader is 7 innings).
It was a total team effort on the weekend. The offense was consistent and aggressive, out hitting UCSD 19 hits to 14 in games 3 and 4 on Sunday. Danny Nelson led the charge by hitting 3 doubles and notching 4 RBI’s on the day. Alex Mangubat also provided a spark by putting up 2 hits and an RBI in the 5-3 win in game 2.
The starting pitchers were fantastic on the weekend. Aaron Appino went deep in the game in the losing effort in Game 1. Scott Tully was the star of the series by throwing a complete game in game 2 to secure the win for CSUMB. Jake Crose picked up his first collegiate win in Game 3, tossing 7 strong innings before Paul Brock picked up his 1st save of the season to secure the victory.
The series split put us at 2-2 in CCAA play and right in the thick of things in the conference race to the playoffs. More importantly the series provided our players with the opportunity to showcase their hard work commitment to how we play the game. The core philosophy of this program is to treat each other the right way and to have a great experience, and to watch our team play is a shining example of how they embody that mission.
There is never a weekend off in the CCAA, as we take on perennial power Chico State next. The Wildcats come to town for another home series March 4 – 6th. Game time Friday is 2:00, Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 11am, and Sunday’s single game is slated for 11am. Come out and support your upstart Otters as they battle another tough CCAA foe.