Sunday, May 14, 2006


In the first base dugout the tall, handsome and graying Mike Weathers felt pretty good after three innings Saturday afternoon. After all his two franchise guys were coming through, Andrew Carpenter, with the help of a double play ball, had kept the Gauchos off the board. His hitter supreme Evan Longoria ripped an RBI single into left to give the Beach boys a 1-0 lead in the first. The tall, handsome and graying Bob Brontsema, reflecting afterwards, says he wasn’t worried.

“There is something about playing Long Beach; our team knows that they are so good that you have to keep your concentration up.” No jinx, no special secrets that explain beating the Beach seven of the last eight times? “I just think that out guys really respect them and when we do that we get production up and down our lineup.” Yep, every Gaucho except the DH had a hit and when the amazing Andrew Carpenter got to the 123 pitch level after two outs in the eighth and left the contest UCSB was ready to strike. Ironically the game winner was the first extra base knock of the game--Alden Carrithers’ two-run double—and UCSB evened their season record at 23-23 and continued to kick sand on the face of the 49er’s BWC fortunes. Still precariously in second place, Weathers said he would be trilled to finish that high (“that would get us in”) but is worried about everybody else in general and his own puzzling team in particular. “Andrew gave us eight great innings and gave us a chance to win. But some of our guys got lackadaisical; we had some bad at bats.” And that jinx stuff skip? “It’s not about Santa Barbara it’s about us.” Today the us for LB is lefty Donnie Hume (3-3, 3.63) going against another of those Jim Tracy kids, Brian the SB pitcher (2-7, 5.20) as opposed to Chad the Pepperdine hitter.

DUST FOR MOM—The relief pitching story belonged to the Gaucho’s…Andrew Schoneberger picked up the win in relief, using one pitch in the seventh to keep The Beach off the board with the bases loaded and then followed up with a scoreless eighth…sub mariner Justin Segal rowed in again, gave up a hit but nothing else and picked up his seventh save…Bryan Shaw, who had been tough in his last several outings allowed three-straight hits and five to take the loss…Carpenter dropped his ERA to 2.69 and is still a Clemens Award candidate, undefeated in the BWC with five complete games…last pitcher note, the KWRM crew reported that Fullerton closer Vinnie Pestrano will not have surgery and will be ready in “two to three weeks”…hummm, that would be about…meanwhile the post season stories from Saturday were almost and not quite…in tennis our secret agent Formerly reported “ # 1, # 2 and # 3 all took first sets and were in position to win their matches when USC got their match winning 4th point eeking out a 7-5 second set win over Jessica. Jess gotten up 5-4 but was not able to win any of the next three sets….all six USC players in their singles line up are currently nationally softball about the time you read this the Beach gals, finishing one game behind Fullerton, will have their NCAA regional invite…on Saturday Michelle Turner tied two single-season school…the Beach ended its regular season at 30-20, the fifth straight season that the 49ers won 30 or more games in a season….now some distressing Irvine info, the Eaters got their eighth straight win going to 32-17 and are desperate to beat the Dirtbags out of their second place spot. UCI has one more today with UOP and then the mildly talented Northridge up there and at home against UC Riverside…back to good news Long Beach track and field put forth a record day at the Big West Championships, as 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…around the Big west that object in your rear view mirror is closer than you think and it is that pesky marsupial from UC Irvine who whipped Pacific 6- 3, meanwhile next weekend’s Dirtbag destination UC Riverside worked over Northridge 8-5 and in a game that doesn’t count in conference it was Cal Poly 8, UC Davis 5…and now our closing quote from a guy in the parking lot…”I wouldn’t say that after today the fat lady is singing, but I hear somebody in the wings is warming up”…happy Mother’s Day—DR. DAN


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