Oct. 23, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. -
For the second time in the last three seasons, Major League Baseball's premier event will have a UC Davis flair as former Aggie Daniel Descalso and his St. Louis Cardinals teammates open the 109th World Series on Wednesday night at 4:30 p.m. (PT) against the Boston Red Sox.
Only the second former UC Davis baseball player to make the Major Leagues (Steve Brown, 1975-78), Descalso was a third-round draft pick (112th overall) of the Cardinals in 2007 and will be making his second appearance in the Fall Classic in search of another World Championship after helping St. Louis to the 2011 World Series title in his first full season in the big leagues. He hit a career-best .264 that year with 35 runs scored, 20 doubles, and 28 RBIs.
In 2013, Descalso has appeared in 123 games with career-high's in runs scored (43) and doubles (25) while slugging five home runs and driving in a career-best 43. He had a season-best four hits with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, and two RBIs at Arizona on April 3 and had his best month, offensively, in May, batting .368 (14-for-38) with 10 runs scored, four doubles, and 11 RBIs, to go with a .467 on base percentage and a .632 slugging percentage.
He made his Major League debut on Sept. 20, 2010, entering as a pinch-hitter on the road against the then-Florida Marlins, and got his first career hit (a two-run double) in his first career start two days later at Pittsburgh on Sept. 22.
A three-year letter winner for the Aggies from 2005-07, Descalso ranks among the school's top 10 in career hits (210) and doubles (42) while sharing the UC Davis single-game record for RBIs with seven against Cal State Northridge on May 5, 2007.
Descalso was a first-team all-region honoree by the American Baseball Coaches Association as a senior and a two-time All-Division I Independent first-team selection.
He led the team in average (.397 - tied for second on the single-season list), runs scored (53), hits (92 - fourth in a single season), doubles (22 - second in a single-season), and RBIs (44) as a junior. Descalso was also tops on the squad in average (.320), hits (72), and RBIs (38) as a freshman in 2005.
For his collegiate career, the San Carlos, Calif., native hit .339 (210-for-619) with 115 runs, 99 RBIs, and 71 walks.
2013 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
Game 1 - St. Louis at Boston, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m. PT (FOX)
Game 2 - St. Louis at Boston, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m. PT (FOX)
Game 3 - Boston at St. Louis, Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m. PT (FOX)
Game 4 - Boston at St. Louis, Oct. 27, 5 p.m. PT (FOX)
Game 5 - Boston at St. Louis, Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m. PT (FOX)*
Game 6 - St. Louis at Boston, Oct. 30, 4:30 p.m. PT (FOX)*
Game 7 - St. Louis at Boston, Oct. 31, 4:30 p.m. PT (FOX)*
* if necessary