Saturday, February 10, 2007


When you are suffering like most of us are these days with the uncommon cold you will try almost any cure. The Dirtbag offense was coughing and sputtering for the first two and a half innings while Texas jammed out 7 runs and their third base fans began needling the locals with “how do you like it now” (reflecting on Friday’s fantastic 49er comeback win.) So what did the Dirtbag Doctor order? A two part dose of Vitamin C.

The first dose came from big Jason Corder who homered twice, breaking the shutout with a solo shot as part of a five-run third and then another big fly in the sixth to close the gap to 8-7. With remarkable relief by Andrew Liebel and Bryan Shaw, the Niner pen fed the Horns nothing but scoreboard doughnuts while waiting to find another offensive opportunity. In the seventh the Dirtbags has a flurry of base runners but only got the tying run. In the ninth it looked like history would repeat with another 9th inning walk-off win but the rally stalled after Masuda singled to center and swift Allen Woods came in to pinch run. Jason Tweedy then was assigned to sac but did it so well and Woods ran so fast that both guys were on without an out. Brandon Godfrey then tried three times to bunt but as you know after three tries you are out. Still with a runner on second you could hope for Cline or Perry to knock him in but nada for the ninth. Eerily similar to the Friday night comeback, the bottom of the 10th started out like there would be a bottom of the 11th. The leadoff hitter Jason Corder worked the count but grounded out first to pitcher covering. The hero of 24 hours earlier, Bobby McMurray fanned for the second time on the day leaving the chilled and stirred to hope that somehow Danny Espinosa could get it going. Well he almost made it going and gone when his rocket to dead center hit the base of the wall at the 400 ft. mark--a stand up double. The Horn book on hitters had a page or two on Shane Peterson so with a base open Augie offered the intentional walk. Unfortunately for the visitors there was no page on the third of three LB catchers, and our second Vitamin C, Brian Capon. Just as Corder made a little history with his two homer game, Capon made a little history with his first collegiate hit, and the burnt orange shirts had red faces as their beloved Bevos dropped to 2-4 overall. And The Beach won round two of their 2007 murder’s row adding a series win over Texas to go along with a series win over USC.

SUNDAY MY DUST WILL COME—Although it would be poetic to call this a heavyweight fight, most of the real heavies were in the visitor’s dugout...Texas 1-through-5 hitters combined to go 13-for-27 at the plate, with Peoples, Danks and Wheeless each logging three hits while the virtually unknown nine hole hitter Steve Tinoco led Long Beach State at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two RBI…UT insiders said that Augie’s point of emphasis for this series was getting men on base. Well his club certainly did that on Saturday with 16 hits, five walks and a couple of hit batters but when you strand 15…switching back inside the other team of note these days is men’s basketball…trying to defend their perilous hold on first place in the Big West the Niners needed another big shot from Aaron Nixon with just four-tenth's of a second left on the clock and ripped the heart out of UCSB in a 68-67 win in Goleta…that should save some sofas from going ablaze in Isla Vista…the 49ers are 17-6 still in first but being chased by their Wednesday’s road opponent, CSUF…the good news is that the three-game attendance total at the CSF-Stanford baseball series was 7,883 (2,628 average), nearly equaling the total attendance of 8,457 (769 average) at the Titans' 11 home basketball games at Titan Gym this season….and the baseball and basketball teams are a combined 14-0 at home…and now news for our visitors…over 2,000 supporters came out in force to encircle the Northcross Mall in protest of a Super Wal-Mart store planning to occupy the older neighborhood mall…back to the real world, good pitching aside the best defense of the weekend had to be the play by Longhorn Nick Peoples…as reported by the Austin American it was Friday and the Bags had runners on first and third with two outs in the first inning when “Danny Espinosa hit what appeared to be a two-run double. That was before Peoples, the Longhorns’ center fielder, took off toward right-center and, in a full dive snagged the line drive just off the ground to end the inning.”…now to Saturday scores—USC 12, San Diego 6; La Tech 13, UT-A 6; UC Irvine 7, Loyola Marymount 2; Hawai'i 4, Pacific 3; UC Riverside 11, Gonzaga 4; Fullerton 13, UNLV 4; Cal State Northridge 5, Texas-Pan American 3; TCU 12, UCF 1; Pepperdine 5, UC Davis 4; UCI 7, LMU 2; SE LA 5, Tulane 3; Hawaii 4, Pacific 3; Vanderbilt 7, Arizona State 6; Texas A & M 3, Houston 2; Miami 9, UCLA 8…our closing quote comes from LBSU Distance Coach Matt Roe speaking of Long Beach State senior runner Jimmy Grabow who clocked the seventh fastest time in the world at the Husky Invitational, setting the school-record in the indoor 5000-meter with a time of 13:44.04. “He is off the charts”. And on a very special Saturday in 49erville that goes for baseball and basketball too.—DR. DAN


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