Tuesday, March 08, 2005


If it takes even more than a three-win week to impress the fickle college baseball beauty contest judges than maybe this week’s guest list offers another opportunity. Last week the Dirtbags won a road series from Baylor after a midweek win over Pepperdine. Across the Lone Star tonight’s rich cousins from Westchester watched Houston tally 15 hits to win the deciding game of their three-game in Texas series 8-3. All that left LMU at 4-8, Houston 5-9 and LBSU at 11-7.

Looking back, the Baylor Bear baseball web site they explained the losses in their first two games with this headline, “Dirtbags answer each Baylor rally to clinch series.” That made me think about comebacks and why they are the most exciting element in the organized fun and games that we call sports. Comebacks mean that the faithful, who prayed and sprayed and replayed every twist and turn in the game, are rewarded at the end and allowed to feel that all those exhortations and supplications, delivered the victory. Often it was more of a mistake by the opponent, a coaching brain cramp, or a fortunate fluke by the home team, but the root of fanatic is fan and you know how fans are.

The best of the comebacks recently had to be the mad dash by Kevin Houston to run the court with 2.5 seconds left and run UCSB out of town before a rowdy homecoming night crowd of almost 3,000 in the ‘Mid. With LB trailing by a point I can’t figure out why the Gaucho brain trust didn’t deny Houston the ball but the name-tagged, balloon bashing alums loved the result. Does it mean that the recent darkness for Reynolds and company has lifted; well I’m not sure I would go that far but it almost certainly means a stay in execution for the head man but some assistant shuffling may still occur. But we digress from diamond mining. Thus far the Weather men have won six of the last seven including series over Arizona State, Saint Mary’s, San Diego State and Baylor. While Cody Evans and friends may likely appear sometime tonight, the LB start goes to freshman lefthander Donnie Hume (0-0, 6.75) against, check this, another first time starter and fellow lefty Daniel Macias who has identical stats, (0-0, 6.75).

CHOPPED DUST--And what about last Tuesday’s foe Pepperdine, they remembered the bat bag and gave South Carolina their first loss of the season with 13 hits, including four doubles, one triple and three home runs in a 7-5 win. Also up this weekend is the Beach Softball classic at Mayfair featuring Florida, Indiana, SDSU, LMU and the home girls, still missing slugger Oli Keohohou while the Beach brass sort out paperwork. Hopefully she will see the field this weekend. Why do we still fuss about that, well the missing academic work ain’t in France it is at Moorpark College and the BYU transfer finished second in the nation in home runs in 2003 with 20, led the MWC in batting average, runs, home runs, slugging percentage, walks and on-base percentage and was popular--the BYU Most Valuable Player. End of sermon…the final crowd counts are in for hoops and get this, the almost out it Niner men’s team ended up with the best Big West attendance from Santa Barbara to the F word…the Walter Pyramid average home count was 1412, followed by UCSB 1354, CSUN 1229, CSUF 1128 and leaderless UCR a mere 672…could AD Stan Morrison still have the itch and come back to coach instead of selling tickets…bring the kiddos on Sunday…thanks to Long Beach Transit kids receive admission for $1, run the bases after the game and get a FREE baseball…and this where are they…knowing full well that he is slated to pitch in the minor leagues this season, Red Sox prospect Abe Alvarez enjoyed his sneak preview of what it's like to be part of a Red Sox-Yankees game…in yesterday’s exhibition between the ancient rivals he gave up four hits and two runs in his two innings…"it was kind of like going back to my Major League start, stadium is full, big crowd, a whole lot of excitement going inside of me"...me too--DR. DAN


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