college baseball: long beach state dirtbags @ unc

One.

Oh, right, I have a blog. shep. and I went out to our first Heels baseball game of 2017 on Friday, because we’ve long been obsessed with the Long Beach State baseball team, one of the few teams in the NCAA who has a different official nickname / mascot than the rest of the university, and the Dirtbags almost never come out to the East Coast. JB Bukauskas threw a gem (7.0IN 2R 1ER 1BB 9K) and the offense stunk, the bullpen stunk, and the Dirtbags won.

But it’s at least fun to be able to literally say, “I can’t believe we lost to those Dirtbags.”

Right. This here blog. Maybe I’m back.

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baseball: oklahoma state @ unc

college baseball: oklahoma state @ unc, game 2

college baseball: oklahoma state @ unc, game 2

college baseball: oklahoma state @ unc, game 2

One.

After a few years of shaky teams, this year’s UNC baseball team is already 4-1, after a great road series win against a higher ranked UCLA, and two walk-off victories against a top-10 OK State team. They’re very young — with a couple of freshman in the starting lineup, including Friday’s walk-off hero 2B Kyle Datres, who I suspect is going to be a hell of a lot of fun to watch the next three years — but they’ve got spine in ways that last year’s team and 2014’s didn’t necessarily. It takes a lot to roll back from giving up a first inning grand slam to win it in the bottom of the tenth against a good team, and yesterday they did just that.

shep. and I are going to have a fun year, I think.

(They also finally put argyle on the home whites, and I dig the hell out of it.)

the trade deadline, emotionally

baseball: jacksonville suns @ carolina mudcats

 

In 2006, this guy pitched 7.1 against Cal State Fullerton, and Matt Danford balked, picked a guy off third, and got the win. 13 innings.

How can I not want someone whose starts I remember in that much detail in my bullpen?