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Monday, May 24, 2004

Dirtbags Swept At Blair By Fullerton

OUCH! That post title hurt.

Below is what Gordon Verrell writes this morning in the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Before the game yesterday Gordon, who is retiring, was honored at Blair Field...complete with Mike Weathers supplying him with a rocking chair.

Here's the excerpts (the complete article is here):

"After stirring pitching duels dominated the first two games of their season-ending Big West series, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton hauled out the heavy metal Sunday at Blair Field, between them battering four home runs and amassing 31 hits.

It didn't work any better for the Dirtbags than the first two games.

They lost again, this time, 13-11, before a crowd of 3,168. [This must be a typographical error. The attendance, I believe, was 2,168].

The Dirtbags never really recovered from a nightmarish first inning, but they came close.

Despite trailing by nine runs after seven innings, remarkably, the Dirtbags had the tying runs on base in the bottom of the ninth.

"We needed that to happen,' coach Mike Weathers said of the oh-so-close comeback, who'd been waiting for some thing to happen all weekend. "If we'd have walked out of here with a 13-4 loss, I'm really afraid of where this team might have gone.'

Where it's going next is Miami for a three-game nonconference series to wrap up the regular season, then sweat out the NCAA selection committee's decisions.

Will the Dirtbags host a regional for a second year in a row? Or was the 0 for 3 over the weekend against the arch-rival Titans the end of the line at Blair Field for 2004?

"We'll have to wait and see,' Weathers said.

A good showing at Miami is a must. The eighth-ranked Dirtbags (36-16 overall, 14-7) have lost four games in a row, their longest losing streak in three years, and another series loss would definitely jeopardize their chances to host...

As for the Dirtbags' late splurge, in which they scored four runs in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth before reliever Ryan Schreppel finally got Mike Hofius to pop to second for the final out with runners at first and third...

The Titans jumped on Jason Vargas (7-6) for four first-inning runs on five hits, two of them infield singles, one of of Vargas' foot, the other off Troy Tulowitzki's glove, a misjudged fly ball and a double by Bobby Andrews.

The Titans were breezing, 13-4, and starter Mike Martinez (7-2) had retired 11 Dirtbags in a row entering the eighth.

That's when the Dirtbags erupted for four runs, three on John Bowker's team-leading sixth home run. In the ninth they got three more, two on a double by Vargas.

But that's all.

DIRTBAGS NOTES: Attendance for the three games was 7,241, the second-best turnout for a regular- season Dirtbags series at Blair Field. No. 1 is the 8,035 that attended the 1996 series between the Dirtbags and Titans.

posted on 5/24/2004 by Jeff Agnew

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