Friday, May 13, 2005

THE RACE TO A REGIONAL: OBJECT IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR IS CAL POLY CLOSING IN

They scored 16 runs in the three games at Santa Barbara, almost twice their scoring output coming in. Sean Boatright stretched his consecutive game hit streak to 26 despite some pressure ABs batting behind Troy Tulowitzki. Tulo upped his average to .372 and the pro talent scouts on hand last weekend, (Boston sent a very attentive representative and the Rockies guy Dave Snow was there too) whispered that TT could be not just a first round pick in June but the first overall pick.

Oh did I forget to mention that both of the Niners ace stoppers, Brian Anderson and Neil Jamison just made one appearance and gave up nada. Oh did I also forget to mention that UCSB, a Dirtbag nightmare last year sweeping the Beach at Blair, jumped on starters Ramos and Estrada for big crooked numbers early on Friday and Saturday and your homeboys got whipped 8-6, 7-6 before sneaking by on Sunday 4-3. Ouch, but with only a mild slap on the wrist from the polls (down 1 spot in Baseball America, three in Collegiate Baseball) the season goals and the regional hosting dream are still very much in front of the Beach boys. Of course directly in front is a remarkable baseball team from Cal Poly (31-16, 9-3 Big West). They played Fullerton tough enough despite losing 2 of 3 they move up to No. 19 in the Collegiate Baseball poll.

Against Fullerton, SLO out hit the Titans in all three games of the series, outscored them 9-7 and out hit them 27-16. Their only win was delivered by the strong arm of Saturday starter Jimmy Shull. The two losses were by identical 3-1 scores. Tonight the Cole Slaw will be served by Garrett Olson and on Sunday Gary Daley takes the hill. The offense has been steady but not spectacular. Mustang starters are Bret Berglund (.277) at first, Brent Walker (.303) at second, Drew Gillmore (.230) at shortstop, Josh Lansford (.289) at third, Matt Cooper (.309) in left field, Brandon Roberts (.345) in center, Jimmy Van Ostrand (.381) in right, Kyle Blumenthal (.396) behind the plate and JJ Owen (.344) as designated hitter. The Mustang closer is senior right-hander Mike Bille, among the nation’s leaders in saves with 11.

LINE DUST-The MLB draft will likely take a bunch of juniors out of town along but Senior Sunday will only salute Cole Jacobsen, Neil Jamison, Steve Valazco, and Brian Anderson…maybe we could add Jered to the festivities...Brandon Godfrey came back with gusto after missing 10 games for violating team rules…he homered and got four RBIs at UCSB…lots of regional host chat going on but the issue at Oregon State is seats…the Beavs have about 2,000 and need 3,000…plus LB bid for years before getting one, so OSU may have a dry run…to hoops, the 2005-06 men’s team newcomers are all JUCO, can you say “win now”…Reynold’s is counting on big effort from Onye Ibekwe but the web wags think that his fastest route to success is as a tight end in the NFL…

Former Dirtbag Casey Grzecka has signed to play catcher with Chico in the new league…maybe he can throw out San Diego’s ageless (47) Rickey Henderson…speaking of old timers, my Dean Ron Vogel throws out the first pitch tonight and his wife and uber fan Brenda, formerly a prof at CSUF, will do the same next weekend down there!...her old colleagues bought the gig for her…SEbaseball.com has reshuffled their regional deck and still likes Long Beach to host, this time with a visitor who is usually our host Stanford…they would be the #2 seed with LB playing 4 seed UNLV and the Cards taking on Pepperdine. The other west hosts would be CSUF, Oregon State and Arizona….but a lot of ifs before then…the Mustangs just need to finish third or better to get in for the first time since moving to Division I in 1995…former LB assoc. AD Steve Holton has gotten a plum new post as the #2 at CAL working under Anne "Sandy" Barbour…he will be the principal person for the Bear’s resurgent football team and pick up a couple of other sports…Barbour came to Berkeley after being deputy director of athletics at Notre Dame and athletic director at Tulane…UC’s Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau has promised a major,($200 million) fund drive for facilities…

last add last weekend…nothing better than post game dining with the gulping gourmet Darryl Wright, the legendary lineman for some of the great Niner football teams back when…”you only look at places that have a line, and ask the servers”…at the Palace Grill we had the best Cajun redfish in history and then found a hole in the wall Mexican place that he swears Julia Child patronized.—DR. DAN

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