Tuesday, April 28, 2009


When the Dirtbag baseball team made the trip to Stockton a week after the Tigers mauled Fullerton for two of three, the homeboys bus ride north was, well, sort of nervous. The cure, the season’s best offensive effort, 34 runs, three wins and moving above .500 in conference, (7-5). With the team batting average up to .299 and deadly on the base paths (87 steals compared to opponents 28), the ride home was almost giddy as the team reflected on the fact that the Niners are now fourth in a conference that sent four to post season the last two years.

More good news, after Tuesday night in Westwood, next up the BWC last place UC Davis Aggies (1-11) come into Blair this weekend. Even though Davis made the NCAA’s last season, I worry for Davis particularly on Saturday when there will be 1,000 swinging and swaying likenesses of Evan Longoria all around the yard. The occasion is a marketing promo bobblehead doll giveaway. I hope to put mine on one side of my Misty May with Bob Maxson on the other side. Game times are 6:30 Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday but you won’t be ahead if you’re behind on Saturday.

Meanwhile the other diamond nine at the Beach, softball, won their series with Fullerton and with three game sets at UC Riverside and Pacific left, Kim Sowder and her kids still have legitimate post season hopes. Cal Poly is a run away leader but the Niners are one game behind Fullerton in third. Win those next two series make up some more ground and the league’s good RPI should squeeze three teams into the playoffs.

Last of the playoff info, tennis and golf have won their respective Big West championships and have regional invites for next weekend as the coaches try to fine tune their lineups and avoid the dreaded injury bug. Tennis goes inter-sectional with a match in Palo Alto versus LSU who whomped the home girls 6-1 last year. LSU has a deceptive record of 13-10 but return five aces from last year’s team. Golf plays in a actual team format in Tempe, 15th seed, but with two major talents, fresh faced freshman Lee Lopez and senior and a half Kay Hoey they have a chance to advance.

MIXED GRILL--I know that the downtown marketing folks have a promotion called Putt Putt on Pine but keep that wallet in your plaid pants this weekend because some of the kids hanging out in front of Smooth's Saturday afternoon are members of the men’s and women’s golf teams at LBSU.

In BWC baseball UC Irvine is ranked nationally from first to sixth, and historic power Fullerton outscored Davis 22-1 up there. The real scrap is on in the fight for third place between the Beach and Cal Poly who comes to Long Beach the next to the last weekend of the season just before Long Beach plays their final three at Fullerton. Could get warm.

The CSUF/LB rivalry on the men’s side is historically heated but now it has spilled over to the ladies side. Last Saturday in their two losses to the Beach, CSUF head softball coach Michelle Gromacki threw some equipment and was tossed herself for arguing what she thought was an uncalled balk.

Where will they be---after 10 years at Long Beach State Marketing boss Tim Dickson will be leaving to accept a position in the athletic department of his Alma Mater, The University of the Pacific…title and salary upgrade also—he will be External Affairs/Major Gifts Director.

After plugging tennis camps and the Jewels of the night I have made new friends so men’s volleyball has asked that you mark your calendar for their Black and Gold Gala set for Wednesday, May 20, 2009 inside the swank ocean view law firm offices of Keesal, Young, and Logan in downtown Long Beach. The $150 a head gives you food and drink better than Bernie Madoff is getting, even before he moves into the grey bar hotel. The boosters will be honoring the 2009 men's volleyball team and Wall of Honor inductees (Scott Touzinsky ('04), David Lee ('04), Miles Pabst ('73), and Darrell Auxier ('73). Oh yes, it is also a bon voyage to Coach Alan Knipe who will now world travel as the USA Men's Head Coach for the next three years.--DR. DAN


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