Sunday, April 15, 2007


If you are looking for the Weather Report at Blair Field today it remains partly cloudy, interesting since the chief tenants, Dirtbag baseball, are on a five game win streak dating back to last Sunday in Irvine. You get that forecast from those post-game chats with chief meteorologist and head baseball coach Mike Weathers. Breaking the outfield circle, Weathers started and stopped then said, “Let’s put it this way, we overcame ourselves”. Translated: a 4-2 win that was anything but pretty.

From the beginning on Saturday afternoon there was ample evidence that his side lacked much energy and struggled with CSUN senior Joe Rocchio. Sure LBSU (20-12, 3-2) scored a single run in the bottom of the first but the next run of innings saw lots of squandered opportunities. The visitors (13-24, 1-7) answered with a run in the second and before the day was done had the bases full in the top of the ninth. Omar Arif once again ate some important innings (4.1) before the committee appeared, Dustin Rasco, Adam Wilk, Andrew Liebel and Bryan Shaw. Shaw walked a guy and gave up a hit then with the sacks fill of CSUNs finished by striking out the side, including John Parnham and Jowen Murray-Thornton on back-to-back Ks. So what rained on the Niner parade, back to the skipper. “We were not being aggressive enough, particularly with the fast ball. We weren’t base running very well and (with new basketball coach Dan Monson looking on) we weren’t very good at taking care of the ball.” Translated two more errors but in the end enough offense to overcome the nine guys left on base and those boots.

The scoring came thanks in large part by Weathers punching a couple of offensive buttons in the form of Jason Corder (2-3 and 2 RBIs), Robert Perry (2-4 despite a botched suicide squeeze) and the continued offensive presence of Shane Peterson (2-4 and a run scored.). On the other side obviously Northridge field boss Steve Rousey wasn’t pleased about leaving nine runners aboard through the first eight innings. He still had a chance in the ninth when Jon Sakurai, Richard Cates, and man mountain Jorge Andrade, Jr. were able to get on via error, single, and walk, respectively. Andrade reached base four times and continued to look every bit the best hitter in the Big West (.393, .615 slugging % and a healthy .434.on base %). Today a couple of full sized righties go into the circle. Backed by a considerable following of parents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and neighbor kids, 6-2 Edwin Quirarte (4.53,2-5) will try and replicate some of his fine 2006 work like those six scoreless innings against Nevada, seven strikeouts against New Orleans, and, this will make you shudder, a four-hit, complete game shutout over Santa Barbara. The Beach will ask 6-6 Manny McElroy to go as far as he can (hopefully three plus) and then, in no particular order, Roberts, Rasco, Wilk and as needed Liebel and Shaw.

SUNDAY MY DUST WILL COME—more Quitarte family news, he has two sisters and three brothers, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2005 and was also recruited by Arizona State, LMU, UCLA and UC Irvine… next Tuesday the Bags host LMU then future Big West opponent UC Davis in a non-conference series next weekend,…the homestand then finishes with the fighting Tony Gwynns and San Diego State the following Tuesday…a couple of fine efforts by play for pay D-Bags yesterday…Chris Gomez grand slammed for Baltimore in the sixth inning to put the Orioles past Kansas City and Terrmel Sledge was the Dodger killer going 2-3, 2 runs scored and upped his Padres average to .389 in a 7-2 rout of the Azule…on the smaller diamond the ladies of softball made a nice comeback yesterday after dropping the first of a three-game series to Cal State Fullerton by a score of 3-2, the 49ers came back to give the Titans their first Big West Conference loss and evened the series at one game a piece with a 3-0 shutout win…Kelly Cross tossed the three-hit shutout and the 49ers got eight hits, including four doubles to flatten the Titans….where are they…after transferring from LBSU to Chico State for his senior year, shortstop Edgar Sedano is batting a team-leading .408…hum, think he might have been useful this weekend…the Saturday scoreboard around the league--UC Irvine 3, Cal Poly 2; Fullerton at UC Davis PPD to play a DH today; UC Santa Barbara 8, Pacific 7; and Washington 12, UC Riverside 6…also in the boxes on Saturday the finest closer in recent LB memory Gabe Gonzalez retired from the show and now in the teaching biz and as noted above, Dan Monson with a mystery pal who might be a possible assistant…and just because the Titans were rained out they still get picked on…a mighty mite 5-6 guard Junior Russell got out of his LBSU commitment and has signed with Fullerton to play in Historic Titan Gym…one Titan wag noting that CSUF has three under six footers coming in said, “I like the new team and finally I am taller than the players”—DR. DAN


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