Sunday Summations, the Oscars edition

"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."
"I'll get you my little pretty, and your little dog too."
"I could've been a contender. I could've had class and been somebody, instead of a bum."
"SAY HELLO TO MY LI'L FRIEND!"
"C'mon blue! How could you miss that call!"

Ahhhh, the most memorable lines that always come up at this time of year.

Welcome to the red carpet. I know college baseball hasn't exactly jumped to the college sports main stage yet, seeing how tonight is Oscars night here in Fakeland and I know we're all about to be diagnosed with March Madness in the next week or two. But this weekend ends the first full month of the baseball season, so put on your tux and tails and let's take a quick whirl around the country.

For starters, the first limo that pulls up is Cal State Northridge.

In 1993, back when Baseball Weekly was still around, Rick Lawes wrote an outstanding article about Cal State Northridge having "the worst baseball facility in Division I, and proud of it" (shamefully, I can't find my copy of that issue any longer). Well, I went back to CSUN today, not to see if it was still a poor facility (which it's not), but more importantly, to see if the re-emerging Matadors could sweep the No. 16 team in the country, Oklahoma State.

Unlike the previous two days, it was the Cowboys who came through today, racing out to a big lead and eventually winning a 10-7 decision, thus avoiding the sweep on this chilly, overcast afternoon.

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What I saw at Matador Field today---
Oklahoma State - 10
Cal State Northridge - 7
Unlike the previous two days, there would be no magical Matador comeback today. Though CSUN actually got out to a 3-zip lead after an inning, OSU tied things after three innings and then plated three more runs in the 6th, on the strength of three walks, a sac bunt and a sac fly to go up 6-3. It was a lead the Cowboys would never relinquish. Starter Andrew Oliver got the win, but reliever Justin Friend was the rock star, going 4.0 innings and striking out eight Mat batters along the way. Okay, maybe he wasn't a huge rock star, because he also gave up five hits and four runs (two earned). Rebel Ridling did a good bit of damage as well, going 3-for-5. Uncharacteristically, Matador Field only saw one home run - by Tyler Mach - and not even a flyout to the warning track other than that. The wind was relatively calm and blowing in from right field.

By the way, Matador Field has undergone many renovations since Mr. Lawes article came out in 1993, including a rather comfy new all-chairback grandstand, an actual outfield fence which replaces the concrete wall and an enclosed press box that has wireless capability (although damn-the-torpedoes if my computer didn't seem to get the wireless hook-up).

Coach Steve Rousey's 2007 charges are now at 10-7 after this weekend's series win over the Cowboys.


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This being Academy Awards night, here are today's Oscar winning performances---

Cal State Fullerton - 7
UCLA - 2
Titans replicate last week's performance of losing on Friday (Mr. Roemer?) and comfortably winning Saturday and Sunday.

Wright State - 5
Mississippi - 2
1B Jeremy Hamilton was a one-man wrecking crew, getting his first hit of the season - a three run bomb - to help secure WSU's first season-opening series win since '95.

Kent State - 1
Florida - 0
The Gators went 0-for-10 with men in scoring position today against the upstart Golden Flashes. But even more egregious is the fact that Florida only had five hits on the entire day. Bright side for UofF? No errors.

Appalachian State - 8
Florida State - 12
For the 10th time in 13 games, the Seminoles score in double digits as they race out to a 28-3..;. er, I mean, a 13-0 record.

Wichita State - 10, 5
Hawaii - 4, 4
Nice three-game sweep by WSU against a good Rainbow team. Shocks now have an 8-game win streak going. Bad part is now they have to go back to their homes in snowy Kansas and hope it warms up soon.


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Here are today's other nominations worthy of mention---

Duke - 4
East Carolina - 11
Not that I believe in curses, but in last night's write-up I asked how long this season-opening win streak would keep going for the Blue Devils. Here's my answer. Duke never really had a chance in this one as ECU jumped on them for three runs in the 1st inning and never looked back. Duke's 9-1 start is still something worth noting, although this was their first real game.

Fresno State - 4
Pepperdine - 10
After this three-game sweep, the Waves are now at 10-3, marking their best start since 2001.

Tulane - 5
USC - 3
The Green Wave needed this one. A good send off for the trip home. Tulane scores all five runs in the 6th inning with the help of three Trojan errors, two walks and the major help of Anthony Scelfo's three-run home run.

Notre Dame - 0
Coastal Carolina - 4
John Mariotti (isn't that the guy on "Around the Horn"?) went the distance, striking out 10 and giving up just five hits to the otherwise talented Irish bats. CCU is now 9-1.

Auburn - 20
South Alabama - 5
Good night! The Tigers improve to 10-1 by blasting the ball all over Stanky Field.Mike Bianucci whent 4-for-5 with 4 RBI and Eric Skinner chimed in with a grand slam to stake AU to a quick 7-0 lead after one inning.

UC Riverside - 0
San Diego State - 5
Unlike anything they've done in the last few years, the Aztecs got an incredible one-hit, 10 K effort from Lance Sewell and a 3 strikeout, 0-hit, 2.0 inning effort from Aaron Brady to shut out the Highlanders. With the win SDSU is now 8-6. UCR drops to 9-4.


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Here are the ones who didn't even get nominated---

Alabama-Birmingham - 5
Arizona State - 12
C'mon Sun Devils! Get out there and PLAY somebody, will ya'?... oh wait... lemme see, they've already played Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Houston, Missouri and Oregon State, and have a trip to Auburn this coming weekend. Nevermind. This weekend's sweep is a nice respite. I apologize.

North Carolina State - 3
TCU - 5
The Frogs bounced back to avoid and 0-fer weekend. They needed this one after getting a big goose-egg for two straight days. Sam Demel was nails out of the pen, getting six of his seven outs by strikeout and giving up zero runs.

Duquesne - 6
Georgia Tech - 15
Congrats. You swept the Dukes.

Tennessee Tech - 3
Kentucky - 10
Congrats. You swept the Eagles.


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The Steve McQueen great escape award---

Boston College - 6
Vanderbilt - 7
Ryan Flaherty's jog-off home run (yes, "jog" not "walk") with two out in the 9th is something to tell the grandkids. Poor BC, this marks the third straight one-run loss for the Eagles.

Illinois State - 8
Arkansas - 9
Hogs trailed 7-zip going into the 7th, but rallied big time to send the game into extras. Two Redbird errors proved too costly and kept ISU from pulling off the shocking series win.

Washington State - 7
Texas - 6
What is it with these "WSU" teams today? The Coogs avoid the sweep by scoring seven runs in the 8th inning. I've been waiting for super soph Jared Prince to break out (he's been hitting in the .260 range) and today, the big hacker got the game-winning hit by tripling in two runs on an 0-2 count.

Bethune-Cookman - 6
Michigan - 7 (13inns.)
Eric Rose smashed a jog-off home run to lead off the bottom of the 13th to stake UMich to a 3-0 start on the season. The game lasted four hours and 47 minutes.


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Okay, the band is starting to play so that I must wrap up my acceptance speech to Sunday's action. So I'll go ahead and end this here. But, one last thing about Tinseltown's big night before I set my alarm clock and get some shut-eye.

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Man it's cool that Forest Whitaker won the Oscar for "The Last King of Scotland." He kicked some major A in that movie, playing the madman that was Idi Amin. But I have to admit something, as I watched him in that movie, all I kept thinking to myself was about that football game in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, "Tackle by Jefferson!... Jefferson!... Jefferson!... Jefferson!" (quick shot of the opposing running back having convulsions on the field) "... Jefferson!"

And I thought he only flew in for the games!

Oh and two more things about the shaved-head club.
1- Congrats to Jack Nicholson for joining Britney and I's shaved head club. LOVED you in Easy Rider, home boy.

And 2- Seeing a grown-up Kelly Leake from Bad News Bears being nominated for an Oscar for "Little Children" was pretty cool too.

G'night.

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Eric Sorenson is CSTV.com's National Baseball Columnist, and also appears on CSTV as a baseball expert