Monday, March 14, 2005


Zach Barger looks like a kid you would find in Kansas, wide-eyed, freckled and with simple wishes. Now he is going from Long Beach to Kansas, not just Kansas but Wichita State, the perennial baseball Beast of the Midwest who play in a modest little yard called Eck Stadium. Modest if your yard cost $7.8 million. So what does this freshman Dirtbag think about this weekend’s visit to the Taj Mahal of soy beans? “Heck our guys say just give us a field and we’ll play.”

For their fourth bottom of the ninth victory of the season the Dirtbags got three hits from guys you never heard of. Tom Wolf singled to center. Barger with his third hit of the afternoon put runners on the corners and Cole Jacobsen followed with a sinking line drive to left and when the Houston outfield gambled and missed on a diving catch. Game over. The Beach skipper Mike Weathers may have a few more grey hairs but he was impressed. “I told our guys that we have been in every game with a chance to win.”

Those chances of course our enhanced by great pitching especially closers Brian Anderson and Neil Jamison. When a wag in the stands asked what their ERA was, the locals have the perfect comeback, they don’t have one. Anderson has a consecutive inning scoreless streak of 23 and along with Jamison more of less seal the game if you the Beach can get to the seventh with a chance. So far so good.

DANCING DUST—Twin sluggers Troy Tulowitzki and Danny Mocny will stay home to mend injuries but by April first both should be in the heart of the order but Weathers’ remains cautious about his inconsistent offense. “When they do come back it’s only two guys, we still need seven others producing.” The Niner record is now 14-8 with another 3-1 week and their fifth series win of the young season.

In honor of my uncle Lance Ito I did count to ten before assembling these hoop opinions. Men’s department. LBSU had more talent on the court than UCSB since the three most talented Gauchos (Cook, Brown, and Goettsche) were in street clothes along with their freshman flash. (Devine). UCSB tricked the Beach by jumping out of their zone for a hustling man-to-man. The ladies meanwhile will second guess this summer especially after their offer to host a WNIT game was an unanswered prayer.

Last add hoop irony dept. The Beach recruited Wayne Morgan from Syracuse to take the homeboys to the NCAA tourney. They sent him packing with a winning record (91-84) for not doing that. This weekend Wayne takes his Iowa State team to the NCAA tourney in the Syracuse Regional. He has to win a couple to get to the Carrier Dome but don’t count him out.

The Utah State upset of Pacific makes the Big West cash box a winner and will mean tens of thousands of dollars per year to every conference member, and one win stretches that pay day out for a long time. The last time the Conference had two teams in the post season party was 1993 when another team that would leave the conference, New Mexico State, was joined by, tad da, by Long Beach State. The Beach ran to a lead on Illinois in that tourney then Seth slowed it down and LB lost 75-72 in Salt Lake City,

We close with the not so sporting Arizona State Sun Devils who the Beach beat twice earlier this year. ASU led Central Illinois 15-7 entering the ninth inning but the Sun Devils were not angelic and added 15 more runs to win 30-7.—DR. DAN.


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