Wednesday, March 24, 2010

BEACH BOYS TRY TO UNWRAP THE BOWS BEFORE BATTLING THE BEAVERS

LBSU baseball (9-9) bussed back to town with another series win and a slight boost to their RPI Sunday night, did laundry and studied the campus map to rediscover their classrooms. But look fast because after tonight’s contest with 11-9 Hawaii, the gang goes on the road again. This weekend is a major challenge in the form of #9 Oregon State, 14-3 this season and back-to-back College World Series champions in 2006, and 2007. The new-look Niners have an improving offense (team batting average of .278), now getting significant run scoring support from slugger Joey Terdoslavich (17 RBIs and a batting average up from .120 to .294), and a .467 on base percentage from the human bruise, Brennan Metzger, (11 hit by pitches this season). Oh yes there is now some solid starting pitching (all three starters went at least seven in Vegas) but if we don’t start laying on kind words about Hawaii we might make the Bows mad.

Hawai‘i is playing five games in six days including three at Fullerton and Monday with San Diego…UH swept Air Force with, in their words, an “offensive explosion, batting .380 as a team, highlighted by a 20-hit game on Monday.” Hawaii is led by Kolten Wong at .361…Hawaii also beat Oregon State who took a series from Tennessee who…OSU has a 2.73 team ERA and a genuine ace, Tanner Robles, 1.72 ERA and 34 Ks in 31 innings.

DUST PARTICLES—Starters tonight are Nate Underwood for the home boys checking in a 0-1, 3.38 ERA vs. Zach Gallagher, 0-1, 6.75….the mid weekers have been miserable for the Bags, losses to UCLA 10-1, USC 10-5 and LMU 6-4…the lone win was a come from behind 4-3 W over SDSU…If you are a student athlete aiming for a sporting life at Long Beach State your reasons might be several. You never liked brown and gold but love black and gold. Mom and or Dad might have strolled Seventh and Bellflower sometime in the sixties. They would really like you to get a scholarship, even a partial would be swell, check, playing time, check and facilities, fine but perhaps a bit quaint and quirky, half check…All that aside, there is nothing finer than to be a Niner on a road trip. The opposition circles a contest with any California school, especially one with a national rep like Long Beach State...This weekend softball, who swept Illinois Chicago yesterday, travels to UCLA while men’s volleyball has home matches Thursday and Saturday with Pacific and Stanford…tennis got ranked #36 and then tumbled to Ohio State yesterday 6-1…women’s water polo hosts powerful Stanford Sunday noon and men’s golf is road tripping to a tourney in Bulls Bay, South Carolina….remembering the Shockers (losers to ORU 7-1 yesterday) more cold hard facts, “the two baseball games between Wichita State and Washington State have been canceled due to snow and will not be rescheduled.”… So you would like to sign the offspring between Jason Flowers, x-LB basketball coach and UCLA player and his wife, Olympic softballer Tairia? Okay, then get ready for a little boy with great bloodlines. Jason is at UCR these days and the Mrs. Is assisting Kim Sowder with Beach softball…last add love and marriage…you can’t call him Mr. Misty May but now you can call him Matt Treanor, Texas Ranger…making more moves than Misty on Dancing with the Stars, Matt has gone from Florida to Detroit to Milwaukee and now to catching poor Texas...baseball RPIs: 25 – Fullerton; 37 - Riverside; 51 - Long Beach; 62 – Irvine; 65 – Northridge; 121 - Santa Barbara; 136 – Pacific; 145 – Davis and 178 - Cal Poly.

Our closing quote is about Dirtbag Baseball from Evan Longoria’s fiery Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon. Evan invited Joe to visit Blair Field and speak to the team in the offseason. Encouraging his millionaire third baseman to make a nice gift, Joe jokingly said "I went into their clubhouse and this thing is an absolute dirtbag clubhouse. Rubber floor. This 1993 big screen TV elevated up into the wall. I asked them what's up with Longoria and Tulowitzki and the Weaver. C'mon, let's go! Let's pick this place up.” Okay Rays stay tuned, Mssrs. W. Brady and V. Cegles will contact you soon.—DR. DAN