Friday, March 17, 2006


You know it ain’t a good night when they don’t run out of free tee shirts. When your all world third baseman goes 0-4 with two strike outs and makes his second error of the year. When a pro scout on hand says that most of the 14 weak singles that Wichita State had would have broken a wood bat. When the first five visitors scores all came with two outs. When the visiting hecklers start asking for Joe to pitch. Enough of that misery, we start at zip-zip today and it can’t get no worse.

For you stat collectors #23 Wichita State upped their record to 18-3 after they scored three times in the first and Shocker starter Travis Banwart pitched the best game of his career and put the first shutout on the Beach since a 10-0 meltdown at CSUF on May 22. For Jared Hughes first inning issues rose again. He got the first two guys out then hit a batter (one more coming later) and then gave up three singles and eventually three runs. It was his first loss of the year but the skipper said that “after the first he still gave us a chance to win.” JH’s line was five runs (four earned) on 8 hits, striking out 3 and walking one (109 pitches). It was his second career loss to the Shockers and Banwart, who pitched 7 strong and beat JH last year up there. Two guys had two hits a piece but with bonehead base-running-too it was too little too late.

BRACKLESS DUST--Knowing that Mike Weather’s lineup card has as many names scratched out as your NCAA March Madness bracket, we thought we might pass along these fairly recent budgets for big and small time basketball teams…revenues and then expenditures, Arizona $16. 6 mill in and $4.1 out; Murray State 959,000 in and $1.7 mill out; Pacific $1.4 in and $1.4 out…Today the Shocker stopper, er ah, starter is lefty Rob Musgrave 4-0, 0.98 and like his counterpart Andrew Carpenter (3-1, 2.28) the apple of the pro scouts eyes….Sunday it will be Kris Johnson (LHP, So., 2-0, 6.14) vs. Vance Worley (RHP, Fr., 1-4, 5.24)…meanwhile at the Mid, four players tallied double figures in kills as #5 Long Beach (16-6) defeated Rutgers-Newark 30-20, 27-30, 30-21, 30-22 last night…Duncan Budinger led the way with 14 kills, Francisco Valdez added 13, Teddy Liles and Robert Tarr each had 12 and Tarr added 10 digs for a double-double…tonight action resumes when .BYU and Rutgers-Newark play at 5:30 PM and the Nines take on Ohio State at 7:30 PM… don’t expect Mike Gallo to stay out late for his 29th birthday party on April 2, that’s the day before the Astros' opener. "I'm just still trying to find that arm slot," he told Houston media, "maybe my arm strength isn't there yet." Playing for his great grandparent’s home country Italy in the World Baseball Classic last week Pepe was missing the pep when he gave up two runs over two-thirds of an inning against Venezuela, but threw 1.3 scoreless innings of relief against the Dominican Republic…last add ex Bags, Jered Weaver had his best spring outing with five innings of two hit work for the Angels against Oakland yesterday...the Dirtbags current losing streak continues (six of its last nine)….today’s matchup looks to be a good one with RHP Andrew Carpenter (3-1, 2.28) for the Dirtbags and RHP Rob Musgrave (4-0, 0.98) at 2 p.m. In the series finale LHP Kris Johnson (2-0, 6.14) will start against LBSU RHP Vance Worley (1-4, 5.24)…so how popular is WSU back home in Kansas…well Dorothy I hate to tell you this but it will still take an act of the Kansas legislature to force KU and KSU to play the Shox in basketball….the bill tries again this year but you sooner see nine runs scored on a wet Friday night than that happening…hummm.. scoreboarding around the Southland…CSUF 6, Arizona 4; California 3, Pacific 1; LMU 10, CSUN 0; TCU/UCSB ppd; Irvine 9, Oral Roberts 8; Oregon State 4, USC 1; and Dartmouth 3, Pepperdine 2…closing quote from Augie Garrido, “"I think last week, what occurred happened as a result of the first of the season,…Baseball is like money, you can't go out and put 100 percent into practice and get 100 percent back right away. If you put 100 percent into practice you're lucky to get 5 percent in development…the players finally understand the importance of letting go of what happened last week and building off of that and learning from the bad things that happen.”—DR. DAN


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