Sunday, April 02, 2006


If you are still searching for the words to describe the past weekend for Long Beach State you might try, efficient, effective and opportunistic. Building on Friday’s “112 really hard pitches," by Jared Hughes, Mr. Weathers said that Saturday’s 126 throws by Andrew Carpenter were, “what we have got to have from those guys.” On Sunday the Niners were out hit by UC Irvine but stranded only three and held off the Anteaters 3-1 with four kids from the bull pen.

Slump busted and series in hand, the Beach boys take a long break with no mid week or weekend games until a San Diego trip on April 11. “We need the rest, our pitchers are getting tired” the head coach said after the Sunday afternoon affair at Blair. For a second opinion we asked first baseman Scooter Bradley who had just knocked in the two game winning RBIs and brought his average up to .340. “I would like them to turn the lights on and we play another one tonight” Bradley offered.
Back to the adjectives above, the three games were equal parts of solid pitching by Hughes, Carpenter and the Committee and a lot of Evan Longoria. On Friday, five days after getting beaned at Fullerton, the All American faced live pitching for the first time since the incident and hit a home run. On Saturday he went 3 for 5, including a two-run home run and on Sunday another hit, another RBI and more great defense. Not too many pitchers, not too many men left on base, and after a miserable month of March tied for first in the Big West conference standings.

MIXED DUST—More on the saga of Jared Hughes. Rumored to have a propensity to hit batters, after last weekend (nine games each) our guy had hit ten and CSUF’s highly touted Wes Roemer had plunked 15.

Odd Irony Dept. It looks like the Bags may be asked for sympathy from of all people the chippy WSU Shockers who lost six of seven after sweeping LBSU. “It's like everything in the world that can go wrong, goes wrong," Clean Gene Stephenson said
Where are they— In the Big Leagues, that season opening series at Houston between the Astros and the Florida Marlins featured two LB left-handed pitchers, Jason Vargas of Florida and Mike Gallo of the Astros.

Down on the farm the Tulsa Drillers opening day shortstop is ex-DirtbagTroy Tulowitski, Colorado's first pick in the June draft last year. Out with injuries he hit .only 266 with 4 homers for Class A Modesto last summer but that was in a mere 22 games. Tulo may have a friend coming his way this summer since former LB Coach Dave Snow, whose employer is the Colorado Rockies, have the second overall pick, and are paying a lot of attention to Mr. Longoria.

Last of the baseball talk which seems to center on supplements--players talking about whether to "bean up" or "play naked" -- go without greenies, or other pills, such as "black beauties." So what sayeth Niner golden child Bobby Crosby, the Oakland shortstop and former AL Rookie of the Year? "I haven't seen much," said Crosby, "If they want to rid the game and make it completely on an even playing field, that's fine."

Back on campus, Erik Burkhardt has returned from stints at UCI and UCSB to run the new LBSU Strength and Conditioning Center!992 Dirtbag Todd Pridy is now the Napa High coach and glad to get his kids outside. “There’s only so much stuff you can do in the gym. Eventually, it is going to be sunny and everything’s going to be dry.”

And our closing quote this week came from a recent Century Club rap with Forty Niner men’s basketball coach Larry Reynolds who, pleased with the improvement from previous seasons said, “We are not only on the map we are making roads!”—DR. DAN


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