Saturday, April 26, 2008


Happy Days are here again, or at least they were on Friday night when all the usual Dirtbag suspects gathered at Blair for a 10-3 win over Pacific, a 21st birthday celebration, and all the Big West party guests getting tight. We explain. The wire to wire win upped the LB record to 24-15, 6-4 in the Big West, tied for second with UCSB, UC Davis and UC Riverside, all one game behind Fullerton in the loss column. The defeat dropped the Tigers to 8-29, 2-11with their seventh consecutive loss. The birthday celebrant was Danny Espinosa who turned 21 and went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two walks. Other stars include starter and winner Andrew Liebel (5-2, 2.20 and six Ks), the T boys, Steve Tinoco, 2-3 with two runs scored, Jason Tweedy, 3-4 and three RBIs and TJ Mittelstaedt, 2-4 and two RBIs. That offense allowed Weathers to work his picket fence offense with scores in each of the first four frames.

“We did a pretty good job,” the skipper would say post-game, “but their walks (ten on the night) helped us. Six of our runs came from guys who walked.” Obviously the leading LB hitter, Shane Peterson (.372), was someone that former Toronto and Stanford star Ed Sprague wanted to be careful with. Petey got two of the free passes but still hit his sixth homer, a three-run shot in the fourth that sent UOP starter Tyler Waldron to the showers. The same Beach partiers go to work again today featuring red hot Vance Worley (5-2, 3.44) against UOP’s Mark McCain (1-3, 3.81). Missing again will be Brandon Godfrey who hurt his shoulder in practice on Wednesday causing Weathers to comment, “we won’t have him the rest of the weekend and I doubt he will be ready for Tuesday.” At that comment the press corps, me, Mark the broadcaster and Bob from the big city paper, did a triple take before Weathers remembered this next week has no mid week game. “Gee “the skipper said sheepishly, “I would have been here by myself at 3 on Tuesday and wondered where everybody was.”

SCATTERED DUST—Top-seeded Long Beach took the first step toward defending its position as three-time defending BWC tennis champion with a 4-0 victory against No. 8 UC Riverside Friday morning and took on UC Santa Barbara this morning…No. 2 seed UC Irvine faces CSUN in the other semi… for his16th-straight start Liebel pitched into the seventh…ironically that streak started at Pacific April 27 of last season…before that he was went 9-3 in 54 career relief appearances….Father Know’s Best…Shane Peterson’s pop Brad, in shorts during freezing temps, kept a promise to his kid by wearing long sleeves and long pants Friday night…we have to keep an eye on Brad since his passion in life is batting practice which is no longer the practice for the Beach…”I still go early and watch the other team take batting”…and yes the Bags are still rotating the two 33 and 34 TPX bats…keeps things simple is the word from the clubhouse…since the R boys, Roberts and Rasco, worked scoreless eight and nine expect closers Bryan Shaw (0.52) and Nick Vincent (0.96) to be on the board at least by Sunday…catcher Travis Howell flashed the good D again when he threw out two would-be base stealers….he has nailed 14 of 25…an added attraction for the Saturday, May 10 game against UCSB will be a post game fireworks show , sponsored by the City of Long Beach, there for the start time has moved to 6 p.m….Pacific's leading hitter, shortstop Adam Ching, went 0-2 and his averaged dropped to .299 leaving the Tiger starters without a .300 hitter…a volleyball salute to a fan with the screen name of “qwerty”…Thursday night the Pepperdine students decided to take over the end bleachers and when the LB students decided to go down there and mute their taunts (with taunts of their own) game management kicked the locals back to mid court…none of these seats were reserved so qwerty, with his Dirtbag baseball tee on, stood like that unknown rebel in Tiananmen Square through all 32 service errors…tomorrow the NCAA will give the Niners another chance as an at large since they won the regular season and finished 23-6…or they won’t, taking both Pepperdine and BYU…as web wit Go Beach says, “You live by the serve, you die by the service error.”…our last add is our reminder for the Joe Jost's bartender reunion after today’s game... Ken Buck is donating all proceeds to LBSU athletics…so slide on down to 2803 E. Anaheim St. for a special, pickled egg and a schooner…all sorts of celebs from ageless Keith Cordes to aging Dan Smith, Doug Shea and countless other guys who drank and spilled more than they sold—DR. DAN


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