Saturday, April 29, 2006


You have wait for a week to break the Da Vinci Code but your faithful correspondent had to work overtime to break the Dirtbag Code after last night’s relatively uneventful 5-2 win over Pacific.

One says relatively because the Friday night flinger is the always-exciting Jared Hughes who went eight, fanned five, plunked two, walked two but ended up the evening 7-1 in the Big West. Held to five hits, Hughes turned the Tigers into mild cats, dropped his ERA to 2.83 and introduced me to the expression “lots of levers”. Translated that means when the baseball occasionally goes in a direction other than over home plate it is in Jared’s own words, “a 6-7, 20 year old with lots of levers to control.” Post game his pop Wandering Bill Hughes gave me a short lesson on kinesiology to explain that when you have long arms and long legs not everything is always in perfect harmony. Good enough for Randy Johnson, good enough for me.

The second coded message came from Coach Weathers who complimented his hit-happy team (well they got a dozen last night following on 13 at UCLA, 12, 20, and 5 at Davis, and 15 against SDSU) on “centering the ball early on.” Decoded, for the first half of the game the people with the long metal objects hit the round horsehide thing using the middle of the metal which made it go fast and sometimes far. After that Mike didn’t like the “quality of at bats later on.” The pitching begun by Hughes was finished by Bryan Shaw (3rd save) who nursed a game-ending double play ball from UOP’s best bat Matt Berezay. The Bags improved to 21-18-1, 5-1-1 in the BWC but thanks to Riversides’ extra inning beat on Fullerton took over the statistical first place in the conference .833 to .800. Five Niners had two hits, AJ Pinocchio who upped his average to .425, Shane Peterson (now .329) along with Sean Boatright and Danny Espinosa. Evan Longoria, in front of a couple of Rockies scouts including Dave Snow, doubled and walked three times. Brandon Godfrey drove in two and Pinocchio hit in his eighth-straight. Today the guy some say is Pacific’s best, lefty Joey Centanni (2.40 overall, 1.96 in the BWC), faces Andrew “Complete Game” Carpenter, 6-2 overall, 2.78 ERA and a league best four CGs.

DUST BAGGIN—On a day that began with Kaleidoscope on campus ends tonight at Irvine with LB vs. UCLA for the MPSF title…folks know that the Bruins won the two conference matches this year but forget that the Beach led by Tyler Hildebrand, Robert Tarr and Teddy Liles led the Niners to a 25-30, 36-34, 30-25, 30-22 win over UCLA in the championship match of the season opening Elephant Bar Classic…and I expect them to finish the season in similar fashion…oh yes, with help from a guy who never got off the bench that night (or for the first half of the year) Norm Hutton…new AD Vic Cegles comes to town for a student union reception Thursday at 3 p.m. then goes to Jewels of the Night Saturday with house hunting in between…then Sunday super model and sprinter Charlene Deardorff and the student athlete council has a fund raiser called the St. Jude Miracle Mile Walk-A-Thon…join me and call your pledge to Charlene at 408-891-8250…scoreboard baby-- UCSB 4, CSUN 2; Irvine 4, Davis 2 and, ta –dah, Riverside 9, Fullerton 7 (11)…Niner hoops continues to generate chat, this time the news that one month before finals Shawn Hawkins leaves the U for a minor league basketball job, passing up graduation and lowering the LBSU grad rate that is part of the APR standard that can cost you scholarships…these web gems from the Titans on the Titans, “we have the #1 team in DIV 1 Baseball, the best starting pitching staff in the country, the best bullpen in the country and the biggest clutch hitters in the nation”…okay even more reason to get your season ending series tickets early before they are gone…The F team says they will pack the house because Blair “has beer and Philly Cheese steaks”…no mention of the other team

Press box chatter is that the Rockies line-up in 2008 could be Tulo at Short and Evan at second… …Correction from Westwood, you can not call Al Scates dinosaur as we did Friday, UCLA prefers “the legendary Bruins' coach”—DR. DAN


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