Thursday, March 12, 2009


Weekends are made for WSU this month, tonight the first of three with the Pac Ten’s Washington State University baseball team (3-8) and next weekend at a fairly average Wichita State University ball club back where Dorothy lives.

Washington State has lost nine of the previous 12 meetings with the 49ers going back to 1988 when the Cougars won 15-3 and 6-5 in a Fresno tourney in the last of the John Gonsales era which featured the notable Cougar, John Olerud who pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts in 1995. My favorite Coog was Lasorda’s nemesis Tom Niendenfuer who survived the Palouse to make the show. In 1996, the 49ers swept four games, including a three-game series at home (6-2, 19-0, and 9-8) as well as a game by a 6-2 count in Seattle and another sweep .by the Beach in 2003.

For next weekend’s WSU as usual clean Gene Stephenson of The Shockers of the other WSU, as in Wichita State U. has under-scheduled his team again, lots of Arkansas Pine Bluff and North Dakota State etc . But they are back home for a three-game series this weekend against No. 11 Pepperdine and then will work on the Dirtbags. But no more looking ahead, we have got to keep this hit streak going. In their last two games, the Dirtbags have hit .400 and scored 27 runs on 34 hits,--eight doubles and even five home runs. That’s a lusty slugging number of .694, against a previously undefeated South Carolina squad and Tuesday’s tasty 17-3 romp over U San Diego. Washington State was swept on the road at Arkansas , rebounded for a 2-2 split against Oklahoma at home. The Cougars are led offensively by Patrick Claussen and Shea Vucinich. Claussen leads the team with a .436 batting average, while Vucinich has 13 hits with 3 doubles and two home runs.

DOT, DOT DUST---next the Cougars stay warm and dry this next week play9ing at nationally-ranked Pepperdine then head back to the NW for a three-game series against South Dakota State….the mound plan, usually less than 100 pitches, is: LH-Matt Way-WSU (0-2, 2.00 ERA) RH-Jake Thompson-LBSU (0-2, 4.58 ERA) tonight, Saturday with RH-Jared Prince-WSU (0-1, 3.71 ERA) LH-Adam Wilk-LBSU (1-1, 3.94 ERA) and Sunday RH-Chad Arnold-WSU (0-1, 6.55 ERA) RH-Andrew Gagnon-LBSU (1-1, 4.70 ERA)…In 2009, Washington State seeks its fourth-straight winning season, something the Cougars have not accomplished since 1994 when a 35-26 record capped a run of 37-consecutive campaigns with a mark above .500….Looking backward it was Rice sophomore right fielder Chad Mozingo who went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored and No. 20 San Diego got torched again, this time only allowing nine runs…it was game one of a four-game weekend series in Houston…in our Adam Zunino special his old team Nevada beat Oregon 6-5 for coach Gary Powers 800th win…looking forward-- Jason Gill is now the skipper at LMU and may be nervous especially if his boss Bill Husak stops on his way home…Bill still lives here from when he was a top LBSU Asst. AD years ago…missing in action visiting the white coats is super Niner fan Art Johnson…come back soon…

On campus the 25th ranked women’s’ tennis team is home for a week or so and yesterday they improved to perfect 6-0 in the Big West with a 6-1 win over UC Santa Barbara…the only cloud on the horizon is a tough match with Pacific up there next month…the Tigers haven’t scheduled as tough as the Beach but they are still perfect in conference….back to bases, Tuesday’s romp had more crooked numbers than Bernie Madoff’s check book….17 runs on 17 hits ..Steve Tinoco was the star Sunday at SC and junior transfer Tre Dennis had the shine Tuesday 3-for-4 and reaching base six times…Tinoco stayed hot on Tuesday as well, sparking four and six run rallies in the second and third, a seven consecutive hits at-bat streak…finally, the Niner Nation has sent troops all over the landscape this evening, with volleyball in Mid and hoops playing UOP at the Big West barn dance down in Anaheim,--DR. DAN


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