Monday, May 02, 2005


In our continuing campus tour of Diamond Dust U we will spend part of our time today visiting the training table. Everyone knows you need to start the day with a good breakfast so let’s see what’s on the menu.

First course of course is juice, and what better source of course than the volleyball sons of Westwood at UCLA. The record will show that the Bruins wobbled badly down the stretch losing to Long Beach 3-1, escaping lowly UC San Diego 3-2 with an 18-16 game five, then lost to CSUN at home in the first round of the MPSF in front of a meager 644. By comparison LBSU drew 1886 for UCLA visits to the Pyramid. For the season UCLA averaged a very modest 748 per game.

Meanwhile the Beach boys resume was pretty darn good, particularly down the stretch, the widely accepted standard for selecting post season participants. The Niners won 12 of their last 14 leading up to the Pepperdine final and split the two MPSF matches with both the Waves and the Bruins. .So who gets the NCAA Final Four at-large, look for the juice and get ready to root for Penn State.

Next up we have a choice of eggs for you scrambled and soft-boiled. The scrambled eggs belong to Niner women’s tennis who’s clever coach Jenny Hilt scrambled her line-up for the Big West championships and came home with the big hardware. The soft-boiled huevos, if you permit a tortured analogy, are the Beach’s Sweethearts of Swat softball team. They won another series last weekend, are 13-2 in the league, and comfortably on top. This weekend they would be pleased to serve you on campus when UCSB comes to town Saturday and Sunday.

Your morning java comes from Dirtbag baseball, who always serves visitors the hot stuff from a pitching staff that leads the nation in team ERA with a stifling 2.04 but now has added some scoring cream to the coffee. Last weekend the Niners upped their overall record to 32-14, (22-6 at home), 10-2 in conference and hovering around the top ten in the polls. This weekend they go the People’s Republic of Isla Vista, a.k.a. UC Santa Barbara, where the Gaucho’s are better at torching sofas in the street than visiting pitchers on their diamond.

Finally, I was going to write about toast with your meal, but the kinder gentler side of me suggested that I stop right here. I need a nap now so enjoy your meal and kill the light on your way out.

IN DUST WE TRUST--Freshman golfer Brett Lederer finished fourth individually at the BWC championships, (his team was two strokes out of third) but has another sporting connection. His granddad was the PT’s Dodgers beat writer during the Koufax/Drysdale era and later handed that job over to our now retired pal Gordon Verrell.
Highlight of the baseball weekend was Saturday. The weather was great (72 degrees), the pitching terrific (a three hit shutout), the hitting lusty (9 runs, 17 hits, four of them over the walls), the defense stingy (zero errors, some circus catches and a double play) all performed in a crisp 2:42. And Gordie would have also liked Friday’s time of game, 2:22 and Sunday’s 9-1 contest took only 2:46.
…Long Beach State freshman Kay Hoey was selected to compete at the 2005 NCAA West Regional to be played this weekend at the New Mexico State University Golf Course in Las Cruces. Yes they have their own course.
Last add Sigalerts. All that traffic in spikes joining the Beach in heading north are the Big West baseball southerners going on the road this weekend. Fullerton is at Cal Poly, Irvine visits Pacific and Riverside goes to UC Davis.

Closing quote from Mike Weather’s who lectured his charges after Friday’s 4-0 victory to “stay prepared and to respect the game. I’m worried that we are getting into some bad habits and we better carry some momentum to UCSB because it’s always tough up there.”—DR. DAN


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