Saturday, April 02, 2005


It is not true that the United Bullpen Workers of America are picketing Cesar Ramos’ locker but the record does show that last night’s 6-1 win over visiting UC Riverside (12-13, 0-1) was his third consecutive complete game. The result was that the top twenty Dirtbags (19-10, 1-0} are tied for first in the Big West with a mere 20 more league contests to go. Ramos upped his record to 6-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.61 (with a sensational strikeout to walk ratio of 58 to 10) and as a note to closing specialists Anderson and Jamison, this time used a mere 103 pitches.

Nobody of course could have pulled the ball out of Cesar’s glove, but he was the first Dirtbag on the diamond in the top of the ninth in case any coaches had second thoughts. This time he gave up one run on seven hits, striking out nine and walking just one. He had retired the first eight and last seven Highlanders and scattered the UCR offense in between. Highlander skipper Doug Smith was impressed. “We got about the number of hits I thought that we could, but we just couldn’t get them when we needed them.” The other scoreboard item was the out of town results in which UCI’s Chris Nichol, now 4-1, out dueled Rickey Romero and the Eaters gulped down the suddenly slumping Fullerton 5-1, For the evening CSUF got a mere four hits and are joined in the bottom half of the BWC standings by CSUN, UCSB and UCR. The other scores were Cal Poly 9, CSUN 2 and Pacific 7, UCSB 4.

Ironically the Dirtbags got their first score of the evening via a home run, a solo left center blast by Evan Longoria and added the insurance run in the fourth via a Snow Ball squeeze bunt from Brandon Godfrey. That would have been enough but the Beach scored two more runs in the sixth inning to lead 4-1 thanks to an RBI double by Sean Boatright and an RBI single from Chris Jones. Boats and Jones had two hit nights as did Tulo and Longoria. With the Highlander starter gone, reliever Daniel Stange went the next two, and gave up two runs in the eighth inning, off a couple of passed balls and a sacrifice fly from pinch-hitter Jordan Struble. UCR scored their only run in the fifth after an RBI triple by Brett Biggler.

OPEC DUST-More hat-gate from CSUF…one guy said he hoped that Waterworld star and CSUF alum Kevin Costner should give President Bush an F cap…except Costner has switched his loyalties to Texas and is pictured in their spring media guide flashing the hook ‘em thing…chain store mentioned Friday is called “Lids”…Marco Estrada (2.08 and a perfect 5-0) takes on UCR ace Hayley Winter and his Big West best 1.58 ERA tonight and then the guy who earned the oohs, ahhs and high hopes for the future last weekend, Jared Hughes goes Sunday….note to birthday boy TJ Bruce, Missouri threw a combined no-hitter at his former Texas Tech Red Raiders, 17 runs in 2nd enroute to a 25-0 win…calendar this… Jewels of the Night fund raising auction and dinner is set for May 14 and you and I can go since baseball is at home with an afternoon Cal Poly game… Marge, long suffering wife of Houston Bob, supposedly said she wanted to “go out to someplace really expensive”…”so I took her to an ARCO gas station”…guess that kills my chance at winning the $50 gas card Wednesday night…the recruiting grapevine already had pitcher Kevin Turmail, from Hazelwood, Missouri and “about 6-foot-5, throws in the 90s and has a great curve, too," according to hoop guru Frank Burlison who’s back there for the Final Four and now our web whiz Jeff is up to it again guessing that Kentucky prep pitcher Hunter Hewitt (7-0, 1.12 ERA last season) will walk on at the Beach…he has baseball camped at Florida State, Ga. Tech, Louisville, and, hold your tongue, CSUF…so imagine this conversation around the nation…”Dad I want to be a great college pitcher so I think I should go with Troy Buckley at Long Beach State and play at Blair Field…but son their best guy last year Jered Weaver still hasn’t signed…I know pop but five million is okay with me”…and Buck’s rules, “our pitchers must have four things, a good fastball, a second pitch, be able to hold runners, and field the position”…double header today for the Beck box they travel from Blair to the Mid for the when the volley gents play No. 15-ranked USC at 7:00 p.m…the No. 7 Niners are fresh from their 3 zip skunking of the No. 1-ranked Pepperdine….nice crowds this weekend, 1,200 at VB and 1321 for BB,…finishing softly, our whining about Oli the softball bomber paid off and she is playing this weekend as the Sweethearts of Swat visit Utah State...the SB Niners have won 91 of their last 119 games…final trivia, when was the last time LB had a pitcher with 3 straight CGs?—DR. DAN


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