Sunday, February 26, 2006


Welcome to Sunday School at the Dirtbag College of Baseball Knowledge. Although the diamond scriptures do say it is okay to smite the horsehide, the Reverends Mike Weathers and Troy Buckley are convinced that pitching is the road to the promised land and successful teams have at least three reliable starters. The Friday night service led by Jared Hughes was inspiring. On Saturday afternoon the congregation was agape by the one hitter offering of Andrew Carpenter. Today the Beach faithful hope that the trinity is complete with the first win of the season by freshman Vance Worley (0-2, 5.87 but getting better each weekend.)

Ironically Carpenter's 94 pitch performance equaled Dan Danielson's one-hitter in 1979 (in 52 seasons the 49ers have never had a no-hitter) on a day when the pitcher and his coach agreed he didn’t have his best stuff. First Weathers, “His velocity wasn’t very good and his location was just off.” Andrew himself, “It was warmer than last weekend (when he beat #2 Rice) but I didn’t have exceptional stuff. I never realized that I was close to a no hitter.” Perhaps when he read the box score Carpenter realized the domination that gave #17-ranked LBSU (8-4) its first shutout of the season and a series win over the visitors from Illinois-Chicago. Only a Justin Johnson grounder into short right in the seventh would spoil the gem. The 1100 on hand were thrilled by the 14 Flames in a row Andrew extinguished and the fact that (with a timely double play) he faced just one over the minimum in the Niners first complete game of 2006.

Now back to the smiting department, part of Carpenter’s ability to set the cruise control was the nice crooked number the Beach boys put up in the second. That would be a five spot highlighted by a three run Hawaiian punch homer delivered by freshman catcher Kip Masuda. Compared in the press box to CSUF’s Hawaiian catcher Kurt Suzuki, Masuda wanted to be a Dirtbag for a long time so much so that he paid his own way to a summer camp and despite standing just 5-11 and a bit under 180 hit a ball out of Blair. That earned him an invite and Saturday’s work earns him another start today, the first time this season that he has had to work back to back. “I’ll be ready, I just need to get a little more sleep” and maybe some more of that great campus cafeteria chow, (seems that the team’s jokester invites the fellows over to dinner on campus.) Carpenter for one loves Masuda’s enthusiasm. “He’s great to play with, keeps me loose and when he isn’t in the game he keeps the bench going.” A Dale Carnegie in cleats, it seems almost wasted to have a guy like that running around the bases.

DUST PARTICLES—Another great day by Evan Longoria who went 3-for-4 as part of an 11 hit day…Brandon Godfrey and Masuda and surprise second baseman Matt Cline all had two hits and Longoria could have had a 4-4 day except for a bunt down third that got too much air….with a green light, Longoria saw the Flame third baseman Bryan Nolte playing way deep and had a notion….Carpenter looks like a strong nominee for back to back Big West pitcher of the week …the net set continues to shine as Niner tennis picked up the team's seventh straight win shutting out #54 Denver and playing indoors where I figure Hannah Grady, direct from Merry Old England, likes to play…more campus notes, men’s hoops held a 72-51 lead with 10:01 left in the game but squandered that and needed overtime to win…the ladies of hoop beat UC Davis while UCSB lost to UC Riverside and men’s volleyball rebounded with a sweep of UCLA…Where are they—Jim Cordova, the hard working ticket manager at LBSU, has just changed box offices for the same position at San Diego State…Scoreboarding: Nevada 4, Pacific 3; Cal 4, Santa Barbara 2; UC Riverside 13, Cal State Northridge 8; UCI 12, San Diego State 1; Fullerton 3, UCLA 1; Santa Clara 7, Cal Poly 5; Tulane 9, Pepperdine 4; Fresno State 7, Stanford 5; Rice 3, Nebraska 2…last add Sunday, Mr. Worley was the hard luck loser in a 2-1 chiller to Oklahoma…today he tangles with a fellow freshman, UI-C’s lefty Don Phillis…closing quote--”In baseball the suspense is built into the game, in other sports they have to add tension by putting up a clock”--Justin Wells, LBSU grad student, philosophy professor and pop culture expert—DR. DAN


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