Saturday, May 14, 2005


Baseball is many things but pitching is the bear. Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you. Friday, the LBS Bears ate SLO 4-1. Saturday the SLO Bears ate the Dirtbags 4-1. Welcome to rubber Sunday on must-win-weekend.

If you insist on numbers officially it was 12th ranked Long Beach (now 34-17, 12-5 Big West) losing to 19th ranked Cal Poly (32-17, 10-4 Big West) and today both team’s post season future is on the line--not getting in--both will make it--but getting a good seed and in the case of the Niners, keeping alive the hope of hosting a Regional. Just as Cesar Ramos snuffed the ‘Stangs Friday, Jimmy Shull, giant killer last Saturday over top ranked Fullerton, pitched a complete game four-hitter. His list of local victims included Marco Estrada, who this time last year wasn’t even playing baseball, and Sean Boatright. Estrada flew under opponent radar early enroute to a 7-0 record until last Saturday when early wobbles led to a loss at UCSB. Same story, not quite as bad, yesterday. Boatright meanwhile had this marvelous 27 game hit streak on the line and whacked the ball hard four times but nothing went in the book. If you need more details than that you won’t get it here.

SUNDAY MY DUST WILL COME—thanks to the 4,000 plus buyers of game programs who kindly read the Dust and the one million more who dusted via the Gazette, the Blog, or the website… listed as a senior, expect Kyle Bradburry to take this as a medical redshirt year…and how great has it been to have a real scholar athlete around in the form of senior Danny Mocny…back to Cal Poly talk, one respected SLO figure told me that “I think Larry and Jerry have it rolling now”…that would be head coach Larry Lee and the wizardly Jerry Weinstein…doesn’t look like the green and gold are a flash in the pan…they are building a Fresno State type of program since Fresno can’t or won’t…

scoreboarding Pacific 12, Northridge 5; Irvine 7, UC Davis 0; Riverside 14, UCSB 1…and tracking those regional competitors, UCLA upset Stanford Saturday and Arizona State whipped Arizona so the PAC Ten is still up in the air…Saturday's loss kept the Cardinal in fifth-place in the Pac-10 standings…Oregon State leads the conference with a 16-4 Pac-10 record, Arizona (12-3, 1.5 GB) is just a game ahead of ASU for second-place, then USC (11-6, 3.5 GB), Stanford (9-8, 5.5 GB), California (11-10, 5.5 GB) etc…now the who’s getting a regional report, I don't agree that OSU is a lock...they only have 2000 seats, never hosted and, as Dave Snow reminded me, it RAINS up there ---three negatives in the mind of the selection committee…CSUF and LBSU are in but very likely the third BWC bid will come from the winner of the UCI-SLO series if CP doesn’t run the table over LB and UCR…my public policy pal Dick Morrow, long time mayor of Pismo Beach, in town doing color for SLO radio and fortunately for me bringing talented cookie-making wife Nancy with him…more talented wives, chances are the bride of Friday’s first pitcher Dean Ron Vogel—Prof. Brenda Vogel--will get the ball to the dish at CSUF without killing as many worms as Ron did…and one of his departments is KPE…Jewels had a big crowd, raised over 50 grand in the live auction alone, and a bunch more on the silent auction items…

President Bush hosted four NCAA champs Friday, Stanford (WVB), Notre Dame and Indiana (men’s and women’s soccer) and the Titans …it was a nine minute show--start time of 2:02 and end at 2:11…he too teased the Titan head coach…from the White House transcript…“I really appreciate what Coach Horton said about the championship victory, "I still have chills. It's not from the cold water that was dropped on my head." (Laughter.) You don't have much hair to protect your head anyway”…blame Bush not me…the NCAA baseball committee has no CA rep…members are from Florida State, Tulane, Mississippi State, Princeton, Siena, UNC Greensboro, Bowling Green, Villanova, SW Missouri State and UNLV…

post game today join the 49er softball team for the NCAA Selection show at Cirivello's (4115 Viking Way) for the live announcement of the D-I Softball Regionals….4:30 to 5:00 pm on ESPN News…is it just me or does college baseball now have more and longer meetings than the UN? the Niner hopes hinge on the sinker-sliders of Jared Hughes (7-2, 2.42) vs. SLO's out-of-the-bullpen Sunday guy Gary Daley (5-1, 4.71)…the season has been fun, see you down the road—DR. DAN


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