Friday, April 28, 2006


Contagious. That’s our word of the weekend for Niner baseball. An adjective meaning infectious, catching, communicable and transmittable. Also meaning don’t catch, transmit etc. that strep throat from Coach Troy Buckley and do catch, transmit, and communicate the hitting from suddenly sensational players AJ Pinocchio and Robert Perry. From February flops and March misery, the suddenly tough top-of-the-order guys AJ and leadoff Robert have caught the hitting fever just in time to right the Dirtbag bus on their road to the post season. The next speed bump is or are the puzzling Pacific Tigers (22-16, 3-6 in the Big West) and coached by World Series winner Ed Sprague.

As usual the table setters are the respective aces of the two teams Jared Hughes (6-1, 2.88) and Andrew Carpenter (6-2, 2.78) against Pacific righthander Luke Massetti (5-4, 4.25) tonight and Tiger lefthander Joey Centanni (3-2, 2.40).tomorrow. The Dirtbags enter the weekend two games back of first place CS Fullerton, as the Titans and 49ers each have just one loss on the season in Big West play. That’s important since a so-so overall record sort of demands a top two conference finish for that NCAA invite. Meanwhile with their new field all done the Stockton Record notes that “Pacific's baseball team still harbors dreams of becoming the next Rice University, the private school of 3,600 that shocked the college sports world by winning the 2003 College World Series.” Although the Tigers have 22 wins, those hopes derailed (swept) last weekend by the Caltrans orange suits from Fullerton. Pacific has toughened up its non conference schedule but drew only 765 in the beautiful new Klein Family Field. UOP did get a compliment from CSUF coach George Horton, “They've had some great No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers in the past, but they're deeper in quality (now) and with a good bullpen…and their one through nine now is a tough out. They have better speed, play better defense, all across the board there's improvement."

CATCH UP DUSTING—The LB v-ball elite rocked the Bren last night and the winner of the MPSF gets the NCAA automatic berth...BUT…it is most likely that UCI even with their wipeout to the Beach will go to the Final Four based on the “Scates Rule”, named after UCLA dinosaur coach AL who wrote the invite book and said that the best season record would get the At-Large Bid…come to baseball tomorrow ,then get down behind the Orange Curtain, then tune in Sunday noon for the pairings on ESPN2…and a warm goodnight and Whoa Nellie to Keith Jackson…..WHERE ARE THEYS-former D-Bags Bobby Pearce and Chris Hanson have gone batty lately, well, precisely they have founded a wood bat-making company--maple sticks are $70 and the white ash goes for $50…the lads will customize with handle size, names, and directions (don’t swing at anything in the dirt)…contact them at in the neighborhood is the Century Club Golf tourney beyond the left field fence at Rec Park Friday May 5th…sign ups via Dan Gooch at 562-596-0912…The # 27-ranked LB women’s tennis team opened the 2006 Big West Conference Tennis Championships at Indian Wells Tennis Gardens with a 4-0 win over UC Riverside (5-16)…the 49ers (19-4) have won seven consecutive Big West Tournament matches over the past three years…back to the Tigers, they opened up the BWC schedule by losing two of three at Cal Poly... their hitting is led by outfielder Ramon Glasgow (342) with Matt Berezay providing the power supply (.331 with eight homers and 31 RBIs)....UOP bats .263 as a team and has a .963 fielding percentage…the Beach has been tough on the stripes of late, 17-1 since 2000 and 49-7 since 1989…odd numbers from the LB SID notes…”Boyds, long known for its number crunching and RPI figures, has put together its top-10 lists for the last five years and The Beach are amongst the national five-year leaders in hit by pitches (356-10th), sacrifice bunts (259-3rd) and ERA (3.11-3rd). LBSU led the nation in ERA in 2005 and prior to this year had ranked in the top-15 in each of the last four seasons. The team’s ERA of 3.37 is currently in the top-25.”…last add MASH training room…Buckley is slowly getting better but the truth is that Sean Boatright and Pinocchio are still not fit…Weathers wants to have Sean hold the fort in RF to let AJ DH and save his shoulder.—DR. DAN


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