Sunday, April 27, 2008


On an April afternoon hot enough to melt your sneakers, Mike Weathers wasn’t all that disappointed that for his 49er baseball team the shoe was finally on the other foot. “We have had a lot of games where our pitchers had to carry our hitters but today the shoe was on the other foot.” Make that feets, or even feats, because when you realize that the Pacific Tigers came to the yard in a hitting mood and put up crooked numbers in the second, fourth, fifth and ninth innings just surviving 14-13 deserved a sigh of relief.

It took all of seven Dirtbag pitchers to get the Beach over the hump against a no-quit Tiger team that came off the mat with eight unanswered runs in the middle innings to lead 10-6 after just five. At that point both UOP and LB traded knockout punches for the rest of the four hour drama and in the end the 49ers upped their season report card to 25-15 overall, 7-4 in the Big West and tied for first in the loss column.

What was left of the dehydrated Dirtbag fans thought that it was over when the Niners exploded for five runs in the bottom of the eighth highlighted by a Jason Corder three-run homer over the boards in straight away center. That made the score 12-10 and even his Cal transfer pal Travis Howell got into the extra base action. Although he labored stretching a stand up double into three bases, once he got his breath the big catcher did earn an RBI for driving in Rylan Sandoval who had doubled and stole third on another one of those suspicious Tiger arms. Three run lead, at home, no problem. Houston Bob we do have a problem. Down 13-10 entering the top of the ninth inning, the Tigers faced the task of collecting three runs against previously unhitables Nick Vincent and Bryan Shaw. Nick had allowed just two runs on the season with opponent's batting a miserable .115. But these are the hungry and no-quit Tigers. Leading hitter Adam Ching, Mike Walker and Nick Longmire all singled off Vincent who was pulled for Shaw who was clobbered on his first pitch for a game-tying double along the chalk rightside. Exhale, in the ninth the Beach parlayed a Tweedy single, a Tinoco sac and a blast through second by Peterson that was ruled an error. Final, 14-13, and no folks, we didn’t block the extra point.

SUNDAY MY DUST WILL COME—Brian Martin finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, for the Tigers...Corder who leads the BWC in slugging got HR number 10 in the third to go with his bang in the eighth…SID reports that he is the first Dirtbag since Evan Longoria in 2006 to hit double digits, and just the second player since 2002 to reach 10…his 18 career home runs is ninth all-time…now for those who like to worry, the signature win for the Tigers this season came back on March 21 when Pacific scored nine runs in the fifth inning to shock then No. 17 Stanford 10-6 at Sunken Diamond…the heroes that day were relief pitcher Larry Holscher who earned the win, junior Cole Akins who picked up the save and J.B. Brown who drove in three…more SID stuff…a farm report on former Dirtbags…Mike Gallo has a 2.16 ERA in relief at Double-A New Hampshire... Jeremy Reed, .323 for Triple-A Tacoma with a four-hit day Thursday... Neil Jamison, 1.93 ERA for Double-A San Antonio.... Steve Hammond is 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA for Double-A Huntsville... Jared Hughes 1-3 record and 3.48 ERA in four starts for Single-A Carolina... Cesar Ramos is 2-2 overall, 4.26 ERA on the Padre farm... Carlos Muniz has not allowed a run in five appearances in Triple-A New Orleans…you can track the big leaguers yourself…soft sided news…Brooke Turner struck out 11 Highlanders in game one to hold on for a 2-1 victory, and Bridgette Pagano smacked a two-run homer to help put Long Beach State softball ahead for good in a 4-3 win in the second game against UC Riverside. Turner's 11 K's gave her 198 on the season, setting the Beach single-season record….Turner has posted double-digit strikeouts for the seventh time this season...Now my Saturday iPhone Out of Town BWC scoreboard: UC Irvine 11, New Mexico 6; Northridge 14, Riverside 5; UC Davis 3, Fullerton 2; and UCSB 8, Cal Poly 4… Corder on his key homer in the eighth, "I was looking for something up in the zone, and frankly I was very surprised he came over the plate.”… In a spacious yard that amaze visitors the media guide will remind you that the wide open spaces develop good characters….the career home run leader is Jeff Liefer (30) and the single season champ was Jaeme Leal (24)…Jason Giambi flashed his HR power after he got big, I mean got to the big leagues…five current MLB Bags--Crosby, Tulo, Bowker, McAnulty and Longoria all led the team in big flys in their best years...give the critters some cash and play the SPCA 50/50 today—DR. DAN


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