DAVIS, Calif. — Former UC Davis standout Daniel Descalso gave the fans at Chase Field something to cheer about during Wednesday night’s National League Wild Card game in Phoenix, Ariz. when he smacked a two-run homer into right field in the bottom of the third inning, giving his Arizona squad a 6-0 lead over Colorado in a game the Diamondbacks would win, 11-8.
Wednesday’s victory over the Rockies advanced them to the National League Division Series, traveling to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers beginning Friday at Dodger Stadium.
Descalso signed as a free agent with Arizona back in February, batting .233 with 80 hits, 10 home runs, and 51 RBIs during the the regular season. Descalso is also ranked 15th for triples in the National League with five tallied so far in 2017.
Prior to signing with the Diamondbacks, Descalso spent two seasons with none other than the Rockies, officially joining the team in December of 2014.
Descalso made his official Major League debut with St. Louis on Sept. 18, 2010, playing five seasons for the Cardinals and becoming the second Aggie to make his way to the major leagues. An organizational all-star prior to his call up, Descalso helped St. Louis to a World Series Championship in 2011, batting .264 in his first full season.
During his three-year career with the Aggies, Descalso capped off his junior season in 2007 with a .397 batting average, which currently stands tied for second in school history. Descalso was named to the NCAA Division 1 All-Independent First Team and the American Baseball Coaches Association All-West Region First Team, before he was selected by the Cardinals as the 112th pick of the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
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