Monday, May 15, 2006


When your inbox overflows like the bathtub you forgot to turn off, the only solution is to drain that darn thing with another, fast-paced, session of notes on my napkin starting with the letter T.

T works for saluting the Beach track teams who ran down and jumped over most of their Big West partners. The men's team won its first conference title in 30 years and the women's program scored its best two-year finish since 1977. Overall, the 49ers had 11 conference champions and a record 18 all-conference males and 13 All-Big West females.

Another T is for tennis who made the NCAAs for the first time, beat New Mexico in the first round and shoulda, coulda, mighta beat USC. The entire squad is due back next year and the # 1 singles and # 1 doubles are still headed as to the NCAA individual championships.

Another logical T is for the tee time reserved for men’s golfer Ryan Wood who has been selected to compete at the 2006 NCAA Men's Golf West Regionals this weekend at the Tucson National Golf Course. Wood concluded the 2005-06 campaign with an average score of 72.53 in 19 rounds of play, was a first team All-Big West selection and had five top 20 and three top 10 finishes in seven tournaments.

The last of our Letter Ts is saved for the number two, as in Dirtbag baseball is two games behind first place Fullerton and two games ahead of third place Cal Poly with two series left to play, at Riverside this weekend and hosting Fullerton the next weekend. Oh yes, maybe we should add a T as in temperature since Riverside the city and Riverside the team have been hot of late. The Highlanders banged out 21 hits and routed CSUN 16-5 on Sunday.

Last weekend old nemesis Santa Barbara buried the Beach but a Sunday punch on Mother’s Day by Scooter Bradley stopped the sweep. His two RBIs in the team’s last at bat won the game for LBSU but also touched the heart of both Dirtbag Coach Mike Weathers and Bradley himself. “I knew that his Mom had died in January and it really choked me up when he went out there.” Scooter, “She was my best friend.”

On the other diamond Niner softball got two of three and will be making its fourth straight NCAA postseason appearance after a second place finish in Big West play and 30-20 overall record. The 49ers got the short trip, to the campus of UCLA, but after facing San Diego State in the opening game of the regional, they are likely to meet the host UCLA Bruins before the weekend is over. The 49ers get lights-out pitching from Michelle Turner but SDSU 32-13 is the #2 seed. The LBSU and SDSU match-up will be televised live on ESPNU tomorrow (Friday) at 2:30 p.m.

Finally, somewhere on the back of this napkin is the good news that the Niners as a program have won two departmental distinctions. The first honor is the recently invented Black and Blue series between LB and UCI which Beach won by earning the highest head to head total. The more significant hardware is the Big West Commissioner's Cup awarded for the best overall body of work after the completion of 13 Big West Conference sports. The closest pursuers, UCSB and UCI, don’t have a chance of making up their deficit since the 49ers have finished no lower than third in all of the nine sports they have competed in this year and have all that good T stuff mentioned above.—DR. DAN


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