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Monday, February 07, 2005

Eric Sorenson's Big West Preview

Check out Eric Sorenson's Big West Conference preview at It includes this assessment of the Dirtbags:
Long Beach State (40-21, 14-7):

The Good News:

All American SS Troy Tulowitzki (.317-7-44), P Cesar Ramos (12-4, 2.29) and reliever Neil Jamison (12svs) are All America-types. Incoming pitchers Cody Evans (JC All Am., starred in Cape Cod League) and Jared Hughes (16th round pick in `03, Santa Clara transfer) could make up the remainder of the rotation. Defense (6th nationally in '04) has become a trademark of Mike Weathers-coached teams and will be good again.

The Bad News:

That near-sure W of pitching prodigy Jered Weaver is gone and the perennially brutal schedule once again offers no quarter for timid play.

The Intangible:

Motivation. Beach players won't soon forget the feeling they had after losing in the Super Regional round on its home field.
Last point, well said! Check out the full article, include an assessment of each Big West team.

posted on 2/07/2005 by Jeff Agnew

Where has Jard Hughes been?
The only information I have is from a Bob Keisser piece in the Press-Telegram (link to my post below), which quotes Coach Weathers. Here's the key part of the article:

"The first series was early confirmation of a trend during winter workouts, that the Dirtbags have good depth on the mound. Besides the trio in the rotation, Weathers got good work from Santa Clara transfer Jared Hughes, last year's closer Jamison, Hammond and last season's midweek starter Brandon Villalobos.

"It's a nice problem to have," Weathers said. "Neil deserves a start and he built up the innings in the offseason, and Hughes is probably the odd man out until we start playing on Tuesdays. Things will play out as we get deeper into the season, but for continuity's sake we'll stick with this trio."

It says something about the 49ers' pitching that Weathers has been getting calls from junior college coaches who had heard a bad rumor that Hughes, who is considered a starter only, was looking to transfer. "There's no truth to it," he said. "He's here and he's going to get to pitch.""

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