Saturday, March 26, 2005


If there weren’t 2,318 witnesses I could try and play spin doctor on the Friday night mess at Blair but perhaps it is best to let the numbers talk. The game itself took 4 hours 21 minutes, showcased good teams making a combined four errors, hitting 10 hit batters, throwing three wild pitches, walking seven, leaving 22 on base and a draw in the senior citizen fist-fight in the box seats. Not hardly what you could call the ”best” of anything but you know the sun did come up this morning and today’s rubber game starts out with a clean slate in what could be an offensive outburst.

In their third game of their last weekend the Titans gave up 15 runs but scored 17. Without even a phone call to Dave Serrano over at Irvine, George Horton made this own call and will give the first start of the year to 18 year old Wes Roemer. Their prize pitching recruit out of Glendora, Wes has eight mostly late game appearances but has 17 Ks in his 13.1 innings. LB will stay the course with their still unknown quantity Jared Hughes, the 19 year old transfer from Santa Clara who has 26 K’s in his 29 innings but seems to wobble with runners on base. He got the win over SDSU on February 27 but nothing since. Figure on both coaches bringing in the committee at the first sign of trouble except perhaps for LB’s Brian Anderson who worked 2.1 last night and lost his consecutive inning scoreless streak at 26.1 innings. He too hit batters but the Bags were able to tie it at 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth, off of Titan closer Vinnie Pestano thanks to a wild pitch, but were unable to push across any more. LBSU had a chance to go ahead, but a strikeout by Chris Jones left the bases loaded.

CHANGE THE SUBJECT DUST—The volley gents of Long Beach State won their sixth consecutive match with a 3-0 sweep over No. 4-ranked BYU last night with game scores were 40-38, 30-25, 30-27…the second game of the trip is tonight…it looked to me that Tulo finally realized that he hasn’t hit live pitching for six weeks and is now playing himself back into shape but Coach Weathers said that his hand is okay…fans thought he was tugging on the glove a lot…Tulo reverted to age five getting ready this week hitting the ball off of a tee…Ronnie “really wide stance” Prettyman will get credit for the damage with his two-out single in the ninth that just nicked the glove of second baseman Chuck Sindlinger and let the pinch-runner Bobby Andrews scoot home…kind of like that ball that Arizona flicked into right in the last game of 2004…sorry to bring that up…if you came to town paying good money to see Fullerton’s Killer Ps hit the baseball you could sue…on Friday Prettyman, Pill and Pedroza were 1-10, same on Saturday for a combined 2-20 weekend…that ought to wake ‘em up…equal time offensive insults…Chris Jones joined Chuck Sindlinger as the only D –Bags to hit a home run this year but stat geeks from around the USA are surprised that the Beach team, still mixing around the top 30, has only two round trippers in 2005. Part of it is ball park and part of us it not wanting to spoil our pitchers... need dinner plans for Monday night, then make your reservations for the LB State Men’s Basketball End-of-the-Year Banquet, scheduled at 6:00 pm at The Grande on Willow Street…they will salute seniors, Anthony Coleman, Chris Jenkins, and Cody Pearson…new UCR head basketball coach David Spencer is a great recruiter and a sometime pro agent…to dress the set at his press conference Monday he brought out a couple of former players--Bo Kimble out of LMU and James “100%” Cotton of LBSU…and what does that mean?…on the softer side Meredith Cervenka went into the circle Saturday afternoon as the all time winningest pitcher in LBSU school history with 66…”she’s the most competitive kid I know, she would like to pitch every game if we would let her” sayeth her skipper Pete Manarino…and he should know, GQ himself is just seven wins shy of 800 in his career...Armada summer pro’s ran their tryouts on campus Saturday expecting a couple hundred and planning on taking about 30 Arizona for spring training—DR. DAN


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