Saturday, February 03, 2007


Something old, something new, something borrowed and a fresh coat of paint that is Blair Field Blue. It’s the home opener for Long Beach State baseball and you will need the rest of this scorecard to figure out who’s who for what the experts say are the Bounce Back Beach Boys. The crack Blair Field crew spent Friday morning steaming sidewalks and touching up the bright blue trim while their main tenant boarded the bus for SC in SC last night. Final score there was a disappointing 2-1 but the lads that bounce out of the first base dugout today are an interesting mixture of at least the old, new, and borrowed.

The old are guys like Robert Perry who had two hits and Allen Woods who twisted a single through Southern Cal’s Hector Estrella for the Dirtbags one and only RBI plus an impressive Vance Worley who went six, fanned six and left with a no-decision. The new are Jason Tweedy, Taylor Krick, T. J. Mittlestaedt and the borrowed are transfers like the next two LB pitchers, today’s Manny McElroy (Bakersfield CC) and tomorrow’s Omar Arif (TCU) plus a pair of defectors from the Cal Bears, Travis Howell and Jason Corder. Once again the Niner defense was fine; Espinosa, Cline and Brandon “No M” Godfrey did their job but that eerie silence of the aluminum continued with a mere four hits and eight strikeouts, a number of them of the backward K variety. Today the Boys of Troy will give the stitched round thing to Brandon Buxbaum who had a mere eight appearances as a 2006 junior, pitched six innings but is 6-6 and the visitors want to give their ace Tommy Milone another day since he worked on Tuesday. The Niner ace may well be Mr. Worley who gave up a mere until the sixth inning when Nick Buss lined a two-out single to center, followed by Green’s RBI triple to right to tie the game at 1-1.
Green had a 2-for-4 day for the second straight game and now has three RBI on the early season.

MIXED DUST—If you think that three LB games in one day is a record, you miss by one. Today you can get to four contests…after baseball you run to the Pyramid for the TV tilt with Pacific, get a Lucious Harris autograph while they take down the baskets and put up the net and then when the whipping is secure over Pacific VBs then Men's Ice Hockey faces UNLV at 9 pm on the frozen pond that is Glacial Gardens in Lakewood…today’s Bag hurler Manny McElroy was a JUCO All-American last season, going 10-1 with a 1.97 ERA and was very effective in snuffing their Pro Alums last Saturday…tomorrow you can get to SC for a noon start or prep for your Super Bowl party at home and watch their live video webcasts…the SC baseball SID is Jason Pommier called the Mel Torme of web broadcasters when he does “selected road games”…Weathers told the media that "Our guys have a little chip on their shoulders, and hopefully it pays off (in their play). This team has tried to work harder and smarter due to what we did last year,"…similar patience might be needed for Beach softball who was a pretty nifty 31-22, 13-4 Big West last year will be without 2006 Big West Pitcher of the Year Michelle Turner this season for academic reasons…the 49ers will look to returnees Melissa DeMarco and Lacy Tyler as well as newcomers Kelly Cross and Bridgette Pagano to lead the way in the circle and senior Kourtnee Gervasi, juniors Jessica Beaver, Jonae Perez and Lacy Tyler, as well as sophomore Breezy Goad at the plate...hopefully Turner’s baby sister will book up and come next fall as planned…no official info on the men’s hoop DQs but insiders expect KJ at least to be back by the crucial at Santa Barbara game…first-year SC head coach Chad Kreuter has improved the program by padding the outfield fence and (IMHO) retiring first base coach Rob Klein who always hovered so close to the bag…49er pitcher Marcus Jones blew an ankle trying to avoid the a too close Klein some years ago on a pitcher covering play…a tip of the flask to CSTV’s Eric Sorenson who pointed out that he has found only two college yards that serve beer, Tulane and right here, “C'mon people, a dog and suds is as much a part of baseball as pine tar and spitballs. Only BYU should outlaw beer.”…second complaint, “I hope some of the officials who decided to jack with the baseball season start date are forced to sit at a regional in Baton Rouge or Austin when the temperature and humidity are both hitting 100”…Big West scoreboarding--Fullerton 11, Stanford 5; Northridge 11, Pacific 7; San Diego State 9, Cal Poly 5; Irvine 4, California 3; UC Riverside 12, Nevada 8; and Big West wannabe Sac State a 9-5 loser to LMU.-DR. DAN


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