Saturday, February 26, 2005


SDSU starter Bruce Billings finished 2004 by winning in five straight starts for a 6-1 overall record. In 2004 Cesar Ramos was named second team All-American after going 12-4 with a 2.29 ERA over 19 starts. Both fellas threw their hearts out last night for eight innings, both struck out ten opponents, and both then handed it over to relievers.

In the top of the ninth the Beach’s Brian Anderson gave up a walk and a hit but held ‘em right there. In the bottom of the ninth Aztec reliever Shaun Burke gave up a walk and a hit but threw a sure double play ball to the backstop allowing the tying and winning runs to come home and permitting the LB part of the 1,323 to exhale. The win for the Niners (22nd ranked and now back to level at 6-6) saw the homeboys change from gift-giver last weekend to gift recipient. The W was set up when Aztec skipper Tony Gwynn sent out Billings to try the ninth despite 116 pitches. Four pitches later Brandon Godfrey had walked to lead off but Evan Longoria, trying to lay down a sacrifice, popped it back of the plate, where 6-2 catcher Jorday Swayden made a diving catch. One on one out. Godfrey tagged up and then Jamie Huizar singled right side before Jordan Struble walked to load the bases. Tito Cruz, 5-11, 190 struggling at the plate and not hitting his weight (.189 avg.) was supposed to make something good happen. Cruz’s comebacker to Burke was picked up without a problem but the throw was awful--high and wide--and suddenly it was game over, losing streak over, and Anderson a winner.

“Cesar pitched his best game of the year and kept us alive during an ugly streak,” a relieved Mike Weathers would note in post game. “We have been trying to get our hitters loose; we have tried in practice to be super aggressive, swing hard, kind of running playground games to take the pressure off our hitters. Maybe this will loosen our guys up.”

SCOREBOAD DUSTING-UC Riverside's first game in 2005 against a ranked opponent was a rollercoaster affair but the Highlanders out slugged #9 Arizona 12-8…it was the Wildcats second loss of the season and first defeat at home…no so Big West lucky was UCI when a pair of errors in the bottom of the eighth by the Anteaters allowed the eventual winning run to score as Irvine (6-3) dropped the series opener 3-2 at Clemson …more local woes felt by UCSB when Oregon State’s Dallas Buck and reliever Kevin Gunderson ruined the home opener 4-2…more road woe Fullerton scored early then UNLV got 4 in the 7th and 2 in the 9th to beat the Up-Titans 6-5…up north Stanford shutout USC 6-0, ASU beat upcoming foe Baylor 5-3, upcoming Houston beat LSU 2-1, upcomings UOP and UCLA are in Westwood and the Bruins beat the Tigers 9-0, and recently’s, Saint Mary’s and Cal, went 11 before the light was gone and left tied at 4-4…The Miami Hurricanes baseball team (9-2) ended its two-game losing streak in convincing fashion with a 12-1 win against George Washington…did I say that the road weary (they were in Gainesville last weekend) Canes have started a 12 game homestand…GW by the way has a great library...back to where are they’s how about a Coach’s Kid trivia quiz…Tony Gwynn’s son (always called Anthony after the PA did the Jr. bit during his first Aztec game and he went 0-4)…he’s now #11 for the Huntsville Stars, the Brewers AA team…and who was the most recent coach’s kid from LBSU?...answer follows... strikeout artist Alex Hinshaw, 11 Ks in 10.2 innings, goes against Marco Estrada,19 Ks in 20 innings, in what could be an offensive carbon copy of last night…oh well it was fairly fast—for college ball—2:57…conference comparisons--nobody in the MWC has a winning record while everyone in the BWC is at .500 or better except for CSUN who is 5-6 and weathered out in Reno yesterday…oh well there are those neon buildings with games inside I hear…and the trivia answer, last coach’s kid at LBSU…Casey Snow son of Dave and before that Johnny Gonsalves son of John…and we close with this hot news…a legendary Dirtbag has a deal and is going to the big league camp on March 4…that legend of course is Possum Nakajima who will be a trainer in Dodger town throughout the summer…no news on JW but if it isn’t soon I am taking over for Boras and getting the damn thing done—DR. DAN


Blogger Onigiriman said...

GW has a great library? Are we thinking about the same school in Foggy Bottom?

March 16, 2006 at 1:44 PM  

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