Friday, May 07, 2010

STADIUM DUST--SLIGHTLY REVISED---THE NINER NEWS AIN’T TOO GOOD IN 2010--DON’T TASE ME BRO, I JUST WRITE THIS STUFF

They called the finishing golf holes at Quail Hollow the green mile, a tribute to the closing challenge that PGA players face before they collect a trophy. After a struggling weekend on the Central Coast Dirtbag baseball coach Mike Weathers and his inconsistent Beach boys are coming up on a college baseball green gauntlet of their own: Stanford, Fullerton and UC Irvine.

Peeking first at this weekend, the visitors will be those silver spoon kids from Stanford. The Cardinal suffered themselves this weekend getting swept at Washington and now are playing five more games in seven days. On Monday the Cards beat Santa Clara 8-3 then tripped San Jose State on Tuesday 10-7. LB’s midweeker was Wednesday at Pepperdine, a 4-0 loss. The high water marks for LBSU against Stanford were the 1998 and 2004 regionals. The budget basement boys from Palo Verde Avenue were sent to posh Palo Alto and beat the hosts 5-1 enroute to the CWS in ’98 behind Most Outstanding Player Termell Sledge. In ‘04 the star for the homeboys was some guy named Troy Tulowitzki who sparkled when LBSU beat St. Johns in the first game, sent Stanford to the loser’s bracket in game two (7-4) and then knocked out the Cardinal 8-4 in the regional final. With a logjam trailing PAC 10 runaway leader Arizona State, the Beach could at least be a Stanford spoiler again.

If the LB baseball word of the day was struggle then the tennis word of the day was “unprecedented” as in it is really difficult to win an unprecedented seventh consecutive tourney title. The drama in the desert for the Big West Women’s tennis championship involved more shaking than James Bond’s martini maker. The villain was UCI coach Mike Edles a journeyman coach with stops at Hawaii, Boise State, Hayward, Chapman, and Bakersfield. With his ace Stephanie Hammel coming off of a recent injury Edles played her at #3 to protect his numbers 4, 5, and 6 seeded players. It worked and although Hammel lost 6-1, 6-1 on Saturday, and did not finish on Sunday, this tactic allowed Edles to push stronger players down his ladder to face less experienced opponents. It worked over the protest of UCSB in the semi finals and again in the final winning at #5 and #6 and beating LBSU for the tourney title. Next year the Beach will go into the championship with their best recruit in years Klaudia Malenovska. She was NCAA ineligible this season but will join a team that has everyone (including seven freshmen and sophomores) back for the payback.

MIXED DUST--Beyond baseball this weekend includes softball, which was swept at UCSB, trying Fullerton in Titan-land this weekend (the Saturday game on TV), and track in their BWC championships at Northridge. Last event important to the LB sporting crowd is the state budget mess. President F. King Alexander wrote the campus, “Our current financial situation is unchanged because the Governor and legislature have yet to take any action. However, the next milestone in the state's budgeting process is the Governor's May Revise Budget, which is due to be published no later than May 14.” We now learn no student athletic fee budget boost until the 2011-2012 academic year…In a season where the big bottom line is not so fine, at least the legacy line is better. Former forty-niners do match up once in a while and last week it was Brittany Hochevar and her partner beating Misty-May Treanor and her partner in an AVP volleyball event and Evan Longoria homering his Rays over Seattle starter and fellow Dirtbag alum Jason Vargas in Seattle…now these regional projections from the College Baseball Blog—at Cal State Fullerton , California, New Mexico State, Wright State; at UCLA, San Diego, UC Irvine and Illinois State …Finally the “Where Are They” winner is Senator and former Dirtbag Danny Espinosa. Espy was drafted in the third round by the Washington Nationals in 2008 and is the Harrisburg (PA) Senators starting shortstop. Espy leads his team in average, on-base and slugging percentages and is rated by Baseball America as the fifth best shortstop in the Nationals organization. He also provided our Closing Quote. When asked what he misses the most moving to Pennsylvania from Long Beach? “Mexican food”. –DR. DAN

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