Saturday, March 04, 2006


Welcome to the Oscar afternoon edition of the Dirtbag baseball award show. Your nominees for best team in the Blair Field division this weekend are: The Long Beach State 49ers out of the rough and tumble Big West and Directed by a distinguished and graying Coach Mike Weathers. They took the Friday night honors 3-2 despite some scary moments. The second nominee is or is the Baylor Bears out of the rough and tumble Big 12 conference directed by the distinguished and graying Coach Steve Smith. Baylor had some scary elements themselves but in the last scene on Saturday they came out of the dark and dank cellar to run off with a 5-3 win squaring this important non-conference series at one game apiece.

The unlikely named hero for Baylor was not a new car but a 5-10 freshman, Beamer Weems, who drove a seventh-inning RBI single over a drawn-in infield, broke a 3-3 tie and set up a rubber match today for the bragging rights for this weekend’s series. For the visitors it was a shocking comeback, five unanswered runs and a defeat of #16 Long Beach State. The homeboys had some good fortune early when the scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth collecting three RBI singles after a boot and a bang (translation for Barbara Hughes (Jared's Grannie who writes me from Alpharetta, Ga.)--an error and a hit batter. BU added an insurance run in the eighth and the Niners hang doughnuts, (zeroes) the rest of the way. And now the envelope, but not so fast, we still have a nice head to head this afternoon featuring a pair of promising right-handers, Tim Mathers (0-2, 2.08) with good work but no decision against SF Austin and Arizona State and Vance Worley (1-2, 3.86) and winner last Sunday over UI-C.

WHO ARE YOU WEARING DUST—tough with a lead, since the start of the 2002 season, Baylor is 128-6 when leading after eight innings, 57 of their last 58 such games…bright spot for the Beach boys were part time starters Matt Cline and Jose Hernandez, two hits each...Andrew Carpenter's (now 2-1) saw his 17 inning scoreless streak came to an end in the sixth as three-straight singles cut the LBSU lead to the fourth following a leadoff error by second baseman Kevin Russo. Hernandez and Jordan Struble came through with RBI singles to make it 2-0. Cline added an RBI single to give the Dirtbags a 3-0 lead, good bat work but all the runs in the inning were unearned…next up for the Dirtbag’s is the short trip up the hill to Loyola Marymount on Tuesday at 2 p.m., coaches show Wednesday and then the airplane to Austin Thursday for a set with clearly unhappy Texas, losers of two straight so far at UNLV….

how important is today’s outcome to the visitors. Coming in to the series the Waco Tribune chatted with Bear skipper Smith and he said, “It would be a significant accomplishment for us to win the series. LBSU has some really good pitchers and Evan Longoria”…same sense of importance for the Beach boys…as noted below the Titans are struggling at Rice, and the coaches maybe second guessing…that walk off homer on Friday by Rice may have been a goof by Horton and his clipboards… Rice announcers noted that Owl stud Rodriguez was hitting just .192 vs. RHP but George left in his lefty Estes where Rod was 11-20 and then the homer, game over…speaking of that CSUF bunch, many season ticket holders on the first base side are grumbling about the hard edged heckling of some newcomers in the upper rows…”I expect that at Goodwin Field but we don’t need that here”

…good news dept. the 49ers swept all six singles matches in straight sets and claimed a 7-0 women’s tennis win over Pacific on Saturday afternoon and in Irvine the ladies held on for a 67-65 win for a share of the BWC crown and the men just spanked the Anteater gents behind Aaron Nixon (24)and Shawn Hawkins (19) in a 93-73 win that makes the Beach the 2006 NCAA D-1 scoring champions…take that Duke…on the .BWC baseball scoreboard--Cal Poly 8, San Diego 5; Oklahoma 7, Riverside 4; Oklahoma State 8, Northridge 2; Oral Roberts 8, UC Davis 6; Rice 6, Fullerton 2; Irvine 5, Sac State 4; UCSB 4-0 LMU 3-2 (Game 1 went 11 innings)—DR. DAN


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