Sunday, April 17, 2005


Brian Stevens, Houston Bob and their posse put the shiny cars on display outside Blair Field Saturday morning for the Dirtbag Car Show then Mike Weathers, Troy Buckley and their posse put their 14th ranked Dirtbag Baseball Show on display inside Blair Field Saturday afternoon. The cars and the players all looked good at the outset but like the shiny rides who took a bit of cranking to get back to their garages the Beach baseball team needed a jump start to get back in the clubhouse with a nail biting 5-3 win.

After the Niners jumped out to a 3-0 lead somebody left the lights on and the battery ran down. The Beach boys had scored three in the third with the first four batters of the inning all getting hits. Chuck Sindlinger (he of the classy prize-winning 1967 Chevy SS) drove in the first run with a single and Danny Mocny added another RBI with a double. Sean Boatright brought in the third run with a sac fly to deep center field. Northridge, struggling but not quitting, and then scored three runs in the top of the seventh, solving the fastball riddle of Marco Estrada. Quintana and Paulk rapped base hits to center, showing that CSUN had caught up to the gas that had baffled hitters earlier. Luke Riordan then drilled an inside pitch to the wall down the line in right to drive in two. With the Matadors trailing by just a run, Jeff Tezak singled to put runners on first and third with nobody out. After Drew Aguailar struck out, Erik Hagstrom sent a one-hopper to Scott Bradley at first. What could/should have been an inning-ending double play was instead thrown out into left field by Bradley and Riordan scored on the RBI fielder's choice to even the game.

Stuck at 3-3 the Beach got out a reliable pair of jumper cables to crank out the win and go to 26-12 and 7-1 in the Big West. The red cable was Boatright who extended his hit streak to 15 games, fighting through a nine-pitch at-bat to leadoff the eighth with a single. Jamie Huizar was the black cable when he forced a tiring Peter Eberhardt from the game after 100 pitches. After a wild pitch by reliever Craig Baker put runners on second and third, Evan Longoria hit the ball to shortstop Alberto Quintana, who opted to try and get one out at the plate, threw over the head of catcher Adam Fleener, both Boats and Huizar scored and the 1261 exhaled and hustled back to campus to see Pete Manarino’s Sweethearts of Swat get him wins 799 and 800.

CSUN-DAY MY DUST WILL COME—it was the Matadors ninth consecutive loss…some of the visitors credited Boats with a hard slide to the plate which took out Matador catcher Adam Fleener, allowing the ball to squirt to the backstop…Steve Hammond picked up his first win of the year, tossing just nine pitches as he was the pitcher of record when LBSU reclaimed the lead….Neil Jamison entered with one on and one out in the ninth, got the next two outs to collect his 10th save of the year…Mocny and Chris Jones had two hits for LB and Tezak was 2-for-4 for CSUN…the three game string of double figure hits for the Beach ended when they settled for nine Saturday…for the Sunday matchup we start with this note from the CSUN info site, “A good pitcher can’t be kept down for too long, so it seems that at some point Jimmy Brettl will find a bit of good luck. As one of the most reliable pitchers for the Matadors the last three seasons, Brettl just can’t buy a win, now losing his last 10 decisions and is 1-11 in three years…he last won on March 25, 2003…Brettl was 0-5 last season…switching dugouts these Jared jottings last weekend from our pal Michael Felten of the OC Register…”Hughes, a 6-foot-7 right- hander, kept the ball low in the strike zone, allowing three balls to leave the infield and struck out a career-high 10. …"that was Friday night material right there," Long Beach State coach Mike Weathers said. …Jared has allowed just two runs in his past 25 innings of work…scoreboarding Cal Poly 2, UC Davis 0; Fullerton 11, Pacific 1; Irvine 5, Riverside 2; UCLA 9, Santa Barbara 8 and for fans of team ERAs, Miami 18, North Carolina 9 keeping the LB ERA at 1.99, best in the land—DR. DAN


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