Spiraling UH faces soaring Irvine
Closer Catcher/ third baseman Outfielder
UC Irvine’s five-game losing streak back in December was one of the best things that could’ve happened to the Anteaters.
Gone were guard Luke Nelson, the 2016-17 Big West player of the year, and fellow first-teamer Jaron Martin, and it showed. The young ’Eaters played one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the country and were consumed by squads like Nevada, Montana and Saint Mary’s.
“Rather than fracture, point fingers, we used the adversity we experienced to come together and grow stronger, be tougher,” Irvine coach Russell Turner said in a phone interview Wednesday. “I’m hoping that’s something that benefits this team down the line this season and down the line in these guys’ careers. Because the difference between winning and losing is a pretty fine line. You know, our team this year has shown some of that.”
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