IRVINE, Calif. — Most coaches say it’s doing the little things. But excelling at execution can be a big boost. Tuesday night at Anteater Ballpark, the difference in UC Irvine’s 10-5 victory over San Diego State was the Aztecs complete inability to execute.
Poor execution cost the Aztecs (18-21) several chances to break through and provided UC Irvine (19-14) with extra opportunities. Despite being down only 5-4 in the eighth inning, the Aztecs continually struggled to get timely hits, put down sacrifice bunts and limit Irvine from taking extra bases.
Following the game, the San Diego State coaching staff laid into the players, letting them know their effort Tuesday night was unacceptable.
After the Aztecs’ post-game huddle, I talked with SDSU head coach Tony Gwynn, who was disappointed in his young team’s performance.
Gwynn discussed what was said to the players after the game and talked about losing a game he thought his team could have won if not for mental breakdowns: