Saturday, February 10, 2007


Welcome to a Saturday afternoon names and numbers edition of Diamond Dust written on extra Kleenex since I kept tearing up my notes on my napkin Friday night while roaming the bleachers of Blair. Translated, one heck of a college baseball roller coaster in which the #30 Dirtbags finished on top of #7 Texas before a black, gold and burnt orange crowd of 2,015. And for the meaning of all this we got this explanation from the box of the LBSU President, “you just saw a $9.8 million dollar program beat an $80 million dollar program.”

The shortage of paper had nothing to do with the budgets above but due to the fact that every time I thought that I had the game figured out it would change. Five lead changes and three hours ten minutes later Texas is still feeling jinxed about things California. In 2004 the Nutwood Nine knocked the Longhorns out of the CWS, in 2006 Texas traveled to San Diego and lost all three games, got USD to mess with Texas in Texas last weekend and UT lost two of three. Friday night the Horns started fast and would hit three balls out of the Blair Airfield (a place which never gives up stuff like that at night) but still lost 7-6 to the courageous No-Quit-Niners. With one out in the bottom of the ninth Matt Cline stung one to short, Robert Perry, who was clothes-lined by a Longhorn linebacker at second base earlier in the game, took a dose to move Cline over. Famous Texas Ex Greg Swindell pulled his ace Joe Krebs but the next guy, Adrian Alaniz, hit pinch-hitter Brandon Godfrey to put a Bag on every bag. Corder popped up but Weathers scanned the bench and found the oft-injured Bobby McMurray who creased one to right plating a pair and leaving pinch runner T.J. Mittelstaedt at third. Some folks would have been satisfied with tying the contest up at 6-6 but the amazing Danny Espinosa worked the count full and then delivered another W for the Beach with a drive into right center. Today Texas goes lefty again with Kyle Walker (0-0, 9.00 ERA) taking on LB righty Manny McElroy (1-0, 2.84 ERA). Walker appeared in 20 games and made one start in 2006, had a 4-1 record with his best work against Big 12 opposition.

NO DOPPLER DUST—The Beach mound workers on Friday gave up the long ball by actually not much in between…Worley went six but only seven hits and then Dustin Rasco got the W with a three inning 3 K close…when Weathers was asked his plans for the Horn with the two-home run performance, Kyle Russell he quipped, “well we could hold our breath but it’s gonna rain Saturday isn’t it?”… Russell was 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBI…the LB win was a favor to old Bibb Falk who’s 434 wins is third on the Horn list and the number Augie is chasing…Cliff Gustafson holds the UT all-time record with 1,427…more numbers these from Friday contests, Cal Poly 4, Nevada 2; Fullerton 5, UNLV 4; Northridge 4, McNeese State 3 (11); Hawai'i 13, Pacific 1; Pepperdine 6, UC Davis 2; UC Irvine 2, Loyola Marymount 0; UC Riverside 9, Gonzaga 3; Miami 1, UCLA 0; Vanderbilt 7, Rice 3 and USC 6, San Diego 2……almost final note, as much as the new AD likes W & L data you have the feeling he wants a serious improvement in the P & L data, as in profit and loss…if I told you that one of the Street family of ball players woiuld be facing the 49ers you might be trembling but the deed has already been done...the Street in this case is located in Malibu where Hanson Street (son of James and brother of all world Longhorn Huston and current Horn Justin) is a freshmen infielder for the Waves…he got a lot of action Tuesday taking on the foul ball duty… week as you know the Dirtbags travel to Houston for a series with Rice Owls and that long trip already worried the player’s girl friends before they found out that the team will be taking a field trip to meet the NASA lady astronauts…MIAs Friday were Elvis Joe and the 50/50 gang… another triple header day for the 49er faithful…after baseball Women’s hoops at 5 then home to the telly for the men’s cage match at UCSB…yesterday Long Beach State (0-2) dropped its first two games of the Kajikawa Classic softball in Arizona, getting three-hit and falling 3-0 in the season opener, before dropping a 5-4 decision to Wisconsin...the losses spoiled a debut for new Head Coach Kim Sowder, who took over for long time Coach Pete Manarino prior to the season… in volleyball Vince and Kay Beck helped LBSU snap Cal Baptist’s nine game winning streak…the visitors were the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked team …the 49ers improved to 6-5 overall, while the Lancers fell to 9-5….four 49ers posted double-figure kills, led by Norm Hutton and Daniel Fabry who had 13 kills where is this place called the press at 11—DR. DAN


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