Sunday, June 15, 2008


Pilots 3, Seals 2—Jones and Brown….

With one swing of Clayton Shaw's bat, the San Francisco Seals became the first team outside the Alaska Baseball League to win this season as the Anchorage Glacier Pilots lost 3-2 in extra innings at Mulcahy Stadium on Saturday.
The third baseman knocked in the game-winning run in the top of the 12th inning to keep the Pilots from mounting their third rally in as many days.
Trailing by one in the bottom of the ninth inning, Pilots outfielder Jonathan Jones doubled to score Matt Harughty from second base and keep the home team alive.
Jones, a Long Beach State freshman who went 4 for 6 with two doubles and an RBI in his Pilots debut, had a chance to drive in the go-ahead run in the 11th after Nano Jacobsen singled to left field. But Jones popped out to the shortstop to end the inning.

The Pilots gave up two runs in the first off starter Travis Kelly and the bullpen held the Seals scoreless until Shaw's single to center in the 12th.
Local pitchers Conor Spink and Zac Beltz combined for two scoreless innings of relief. David Brown of Long Beach State took the loss.
Bryan Haar went 2 for 5 with an RBI double in the second inning and Joe Scott finished with two hits for the Pilots.


The Pacific-10 Conference: After touting itself as the nation's premier college baseball conference, the Pac-10 choked in postseason play. California was 0-2 in the Long Beach State regional. UCLA won its first two games at the Cal State Fullerton regional, before dropping two in a row to the host team. Arizona won the Ann Arbor regional and then beat No. 1-ranked Miami in the first game of the super regional in Florida. But Miami won the next two games and eliminated the underachieving Wildcats. Arizona State, the No. 3 national seed, won its regional in Tempe and beat Fresno State in the first round of the super regional at home. But Arizona State folded and lost two in a row. Stanford is the Pac-10's only representative in Omaha. The Atlantic Coast Conference placed three teams -- Miami, North Carolina and Florida State -- and delivered a large slice of humble pie to Pac-10 fans.


The younger players will encounter rigid policies.
The Pirates have implemented a program requiring players to perform five hours of unpaid community service per half season. The Pirates will document the service time each player accumulates. The previous front office encouraged community service but didn’t publicly reveal any formal requirements. The program could increase the number of public appearances Spikes make this summer.
The previous front office stressed discipline during the start of its tenure. But policy enforcement slid and Coonelly was alarmed after hearing stories of players using communication devices in the bullpen and the lax attitudes teams took when aligning themselves during the national anthem and “God Bless America.”
Stark said discipline matters will be handled “swiftly and sternly,” and the Pirates released pitcher prospect Olivo Astacio earlier this year for violating an organizational policy.

Stark said he’s pleased with the overall progress the system has made since he arrived in November. But he might never be satisfied until the systematic approaches produce a sustainable winner in Pittsburgh. That will take more than one year’s worth of visits to Medlar Field. “We have a long ways to go,” Stark said. “There are obviously a number of things we can improve upon and we haven’t fixed one thing until we start winning in Pittsburgh.”


WSU coach Gene Stephenson shaved nine games off Augie Garrido's lead as college baseball's winningest coach. Texas went 39-22, giving Garrido a 1,668-777-8 record. He is 15 games up on Stephenson, who is 1,653-550-3. And next season The Shockers open in a tournament in Fort Myers, Fla., hosted by Florida Gulf Coast. Temple and Central Michigan complete the field. WSU plays at TCU and gets Pepperdine and Long Beach State at home for weekend series. BYU visits Eck Stadium for a two-game, midweek set. Looks like Gene may catch Augie in 2010!

LAST ADD FROM LSU-LBSU and 1993--the “That Close” year…

1993 is where LSU's legendary late heroics began thanks to Todd Walker. After beating Long Beach State 7-1 and then getting a grand slam from Walker for a 13-8 win over Texas A&M , the Tigers blew an 8-6 lead to Long Beach State and fell 10-8. Two days later, LSU rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to eliminate Long Beach State 6-5. Armando Rios doubled in two runs for a 5-5 tie. With two on and one out, Long Beach State elected to pitch to the hot Walker, who delivered a game-winning single for the victory.


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