Sunday, May 01, 2005


I don’t know if they were filming an infomercial for Dirtbag baseball Saturday afternoon but they should have. 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.

If you insist on names with your numbers we offer Troy Tulowitzki who slammed two home runs, Marco Estrada and Matt Fitts who combined on a three-hit shutout,; Chuck Sindlinger, 3-4, HR, 2 RBI; Steve Velazco, 2-5; Sean Boatright, 2-4, 2B; Tito Cruz, 2-3; Scott Bradley, 2-4, 2 RBI; Evan Longoria, 1-5, HR, 2 RBI; Chris Jones, 1-4; Tom Sarti, 1-4, that give you something to chew on. Supposedly the long balling was a Blair Field record but around the land four big flies isn’t really special. But everywhere in the land the Niner pitching is legendary. The Beach boys have the nation's best team ERA of 2.09 and ran its scoreless steak to 20 straight innings. It was a season-high 17 hits for the Niners and Scooter Bradley had his fourth-straight multi-hit game with two hits.

BAGGING DUST—the last time LBSU had four home runs at Blair Field was April 9, 1999 when current Mariner Greg Dobbs hit two for the Dirtbags, and Jaeme Leal and 2004 American League Rookie of the Year Bobby Crosby hit one a piece…minor league and high school records were not available…Estrada was nails again, facing just three over the minimum and retiring the final eight batters on a mere 92 pitches…needing to get some work for somebody Buck summoned Fitts who was perfect… the only so-so stat for the Niners is home attendance where the 27 dates average just 1313…golf news not involving coaches is pretty good…Long Beach State freshman Kay Hoey was selected to compete at the 2005 NCAA West Regional to be played May 5-7 at the New Mexico State University Golf Course in Las Cruces...yes they have their own course, but Niner director of golf Bob Livingstone at least has a practice center at Big Rec and great contacts with Virginia, Old Ranch and others…this from the great Midwest, Wichita State pulled off two home ESPN TV games and in an effort to fill seats ran ads for the mid-weekers featuring Friday night ace Mike Pelfrey…but of course he would not pitch on a Tuesday or Wednesday so fans gave the WSU marketing director a hard time….who’s he, former LBSU marketing director Brian Pracht…he defended the ads by saying that Pelfrey "is the face of the program."…whatever works…tennis is still resting for their NCAA tourney but will get to move a dual match (maybe Nebraska) next March 16 to Indian Wells and play it on the grounds of the WTA/ATP Pacific Life Open…great exposure…I figure that Ramos and Estrada may owe the pen .some money by not giving the scouts a chance to see Neil and Brian…maybe today…Neil, who turned down some serious 8th round dough from the Mets last summer now has 25 career saves to his credit…the record is safe however, the all-time leader is Gabe Gonzalez (1992-95) with 46…on the other diamonds, the No. 25-ranked Long Beach State softball team kept its lead on second-place Cal Poly in the BWC standings after splitting its double-header with the Mustangs yesterday…pitcher Marcel Torres hit a solo homerun the top of the seventh to give the 49ers a 4-2 lead and then the win…Scoreboarding on Saturday Cal Poly 11, Sacramento State 1; Fullerton 10, UC Santa Barbara 5; UC Irvine 6, Cal State Northridge 2; UC Riverside 10, Pacific 6 and around the top 25 scores of interest: Missouri (24) 7, Texas (1) 2; Miami (4) 12, Maryland 8; Florida (5) 18, Tenn 9; Clemson 6, Ga Tech (8) 5; Vandy (25) 9, LSU (9) 4; Arizona (10) 7, USC (21) 2; Arizona State (20) 3, Oregon State (11) 1; and Texas Tech 3, Baylor (16) 2…translated, all of the big kids stub their toe once in a while…big series next weekend with CSUF at SLO…Niner water polo fans in a funk over late season losses to UCSB and Hawaii which likely will keep the Beach out of the expanded 8 team NCAA tourney…v-ball will head about game time today if they edged out UCLA for the Final Four next weekend at Pauley...Tulo’s second dinger bounced into the sand trap at Big Rec’s Number 14 and the golfers on the green looked for the right wedge to send it back—DR. DAN


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