Saturday, April 29, 2006

LB GETS OFF THE ROLLER COASTER ON TOP FOR SIX STRAIGHT AND ANOTHER SERIES WIN

When the dust settled yesterday the 49er baseball team had indeed won their sixth straight baseball game (7-5) and stayed percentage points ahead of Fullerton in the Big West conference race. And now, as Paul Harvey would say the rest of the story.

First of all the day started with excellent production from the top of the LB order, a Robert Perry triple, AJ’s sac fly and Evan Longoria who went Long-ballia for a a2-0 start. Then the roller coaster began. In the top of the second, the Tigers got on the board with three consecutive two-out hits but had to settle for a 2-1 deficit.

The Beach then answered with two runs in the bottom of the second thanks to hits by Hernandez, Espinosa and Perry plus some nice sac work by Cruz and Cline. Almost in cruise control the Beach got another run in the fourth with some small ball and wobbles by Pacific’s substitute starter Curtis Pasma who replaced Joey Centanni who was taken out by a BB, that means bad burrito or some sort of food poising. The score remained 5-1 until the top of the sixth, when UOP began to crawl back, two runs on just two hits and now the Tigers came within two at 5-3. Not mindful of how hard it was to get this streak thing going the Bags swung early and often and then gave up their lead in the top of the seventh when back to back singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. Strep Throated Troy Buckley then went to the pen for Brett Andrade and then slumping home run specialist greeted Andrade with a sharp single to left field; it was now 5-4 game then Manning tied the game at 5-5 with his second consecutive sacrifice fly. The next roller coaster stop was the top of the eighth inning when with two outs, Ching and Jackson singled, and then Berezay walked. That brought Baum, with 17 dings last year the best in UOP history, back to the plate. He fell behind in the count 0-2, fouled a bunch off, took some close ones, and then Blair Field reared up to hold his deep fly ball to deep left and the faithful exhaled.

The final chapter was written by Perry who drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth and Longoria who suicide squeezed with two outs for the 7-5 final. Oh yes, that would be after Dirtbag reliever Vance Worley (2-6) got three-straight in the ninth to close it out. Usually unflappable Andrew Carpenter went six-plus giving up 5 runs on 8 hits but no decision.

SUNDAY MY DUST---the posturing for regional hosting gets hot and heavy this week and the city of Houston would like two–a bid by the Houston Cougars and one by cross-town rival Rice... UH and Rice share a conference affiliation and are 5 miles apart,…would the NCAA allot two regional sites in the same city?...it happened here in 2003 and 2005 Long Beach State, Southern Cal and CSUF...pitching ain’t easy---UCI’s Justin Cassel, National POW after he struck out a career-high 15 batters beating UCSB last weekend, fanned but one Friday and needed his team to score three times in the 9th to beat Davis 4-2…and Wes Roemer of the F troop gave up six earned on Friday…you got to love pro sports (okay spoiled sports) when you read that the Kings' Ron Artest has now been fined $5,068,421 in two seasons….heck that’s a house payment for the Bush family…the Dugout store lost a big smile this weekend when Jennifer Hernandez, social work student and marketing worker, pulled her last shift in favor of stuff more related to her major…the Niners hit for the cycle Saturday, singles, doubles, a triple and Evan’s big fly…Scoreboard City-- Santa Barbara 8, Cal State Northridge 4; Irvine 4, UC Davis 2; Fullerton 11, UC Riverside 3; Oregon State 8, Cal Poly 4; Cal Poly 6, New Mexico 4…another v-ball note…it was in April of 1991 when the Beach hooked up with UCLA at Irvine but that time the Bruins won the first two games before a mysterious power failure knocked out the lights…by the time they were back on UCLA was off and lost the next three games 15-111, 15-0 and 15-10 and LB went on to win the NCAA title…I should have gotten a ring for …last add from super box fan Jerry Gaynor who’s dad was a set artist for TV back in the day…working on “Little House” he drew a grave yard for a scene and in honor of star Merlin Olsen inscribed all the tomb stones with the names of his NFL rivals, Dan Dierdorff, Conrad Dobbler, et al.—DR. DAN

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