Saturday, April 21, 2007


It wasn’t a tale of two cities but at least it was a tale of two games. In the first game, or at least the first six innings, your Fighting 49ers were poised, passionate and efficient. They scored six for Omar Arif and despite his mid-80s stuff, Omar made only one mistake, Aaron Hanke’s big fly over the left center fence. Score heading into the 7th, home boys 6, visitors 1. In the seventh Coach Weathers said, “We started making the physical mistakes, we weren’t backing up bases, we couldn’t pick up throws and I just didn’t see some guys really competing.” Translated, trouble with a capitol T.

The Aggies, who Weathers said “our team should know these guys never quit”, rallied for three in the seventh. Jacob Jeffries reached first on a tough error by the just returned Danny Espinosa to start the inning. Schafer singled, and then a sacrifice bunt set matters up for Matt Dempsey who singled Jefferies home followed by yet another single and one more score on a throwing error by Jason Corder, the Dirtbags' right fielder. Paul Gonzales, a lightly used senior, turned the Dirtbag water off from the fifth inning on giving up only one hit and fanning three. The anemic or at least inconsistent offense frustrated Weathers. “I have a hard time reading these guys. Our at-bats got worse as the game wore on and if you let a team hang around.” his voice trailing off. The happy news was that Omar Arif (now 2-5) notched his first win since beating USC in game two of the season. The RBI guys for the Beach were Shane Peterson and Taylor Krick, two each. Closer Bryan Shaw wobbled in the 9th when Davis had the tying run on third with two outs, but he got a strikeout to end the game at 6-5 and earn his team-high seventh save.

HIT PARADE DUST--Robert Perry extended his hit streak to 13 games and Matt Cline and Chris Nelson each had a triple and a single…the set up work was well done by David Roberts who pitched 1.2 shutout innings and it was a career-high six and one-third innings by the TCU transfer Arif who lowered his ERA to 2.96…with righties come up today and tomorrow expect TJ Mittelstaedt to return to the leadoff spot...Brandon Godfrey in a cast for two more weeks with that fifth metacarpal fracture…sneaking in the scores…Riverside 3, Cal Poly 1; Fullerton 18, Pacific 1; Irvine 10, UCSB 5; USC 8, Washington 5 with CSUN/UCLA and LMU/San Diego PPD…post-seasoning by Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt, “I think CSUF is automatic and UCI, UCR and LBSU will all be major factors down the stretch, and I wouldn't rule out the possibility of all four receiving regional bids…over at the PAC 10 once again it is Stanford and USC neck and neck…oh that would be neck and neck for the conference cellar…Stanford is at the bottom with a 1-9 and the Boys of Troy a notch above at 3-7…maybe the best of the big boys league is a team that the Niners are 2-0 against, UCLA…the Bruins and Arizona are both 9-1 but UCLA still has a big mountain to climb after an 8-14 start…if both USC and UCLA fall short by season end that could help three other So Cal teams you might be thinking of…odd finances dept….UCI, which will play host to the four-team NCAA men's volleyball championship in 2008, is playing Hawaii tonight in the quarterfinals of the MPSF but the powers that be rented out the 5,000-seat Bren Events Center moving the game to tiny Crawford Court (capacity 760)...speaking of numbers the University of Denver (another non-football school) is musing about leaving the Sun Belt and might like the Big West…trivia time—Friday’s contest was only the third night game for UCD this season…More regional host chat…the revenue for the host generally comes from Ticket Sales, and added sponsors…Blair is a city owned so the concession sales don’t help nor does the merchandise sales because each host is consigned a big block of cotton, caps, pins etc. that they have to sell before they can unload their own lids and linens…the NCAA takes care of all the expenses for the visiting teams…more post-season chat…this info from the crack LMU baseball SID Alissa Zito…the West Coast Conference no longer has the two division playoff, it’s regular season #1 vs. #2…that effectively eliminates LMU a point differing from the expectations of some, myself included, that the Lions (18-22-1) would be in a WCC playoff…hoop scoops, campus insiders say that Dan Monson thinks, based on those four player spring workouts, that 7 footer Andrew Fleming “will be very good before he leaves.”…then, courtesy of the Riverside Daily Bulletin…Larry Reynolds is moving back to Riverside, next job unknown with his aide John Masi looking at a JUCO AD post in the Central Valley…the paper also squelched a rumor that UCR AD Stan Morrison would be reassigned and Masi would return as AD and hire Reynolds…now for those that bemoan the recent scary play of the 49ers, consider for a moment the former bullies of college baseball LSU…No. 15 Mississippi State got a CG by a sophomore and beat the Bengal Tigers 12-3 to drop LSU to 21-18 and almost off the NCAA radar…so quit fussing and count your blessings—DR. DAN


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