The home stretch of the season begins this weekend, as Long Beach State takes a two-game lead into the final three conference series of the 2014 regular season. The 49ers start with a three-game set at Cal State Northridge, beginning Saturday at Noon with a doubleheader before finishing Sunday at Noon.
Long Beach State was one pitch away from upsetting the No. 2 Bruins in game one of a doubleheader, but it was UCLA that came up with the big hit, riding the momentum into two wins Monday in a pair of non-conference games.
Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi tied a school record with six RBI, including a game-tying three-run home run and the game-winning base hit as Long Beach State salvaged game two in a split at Cal State Fullerton behind a 4-for-4 performance from the junior. Down 6-0 after two innings, the 49ers rallied to defeat the Titans 8-6 after dropping game one 3-1.
Cal State Fullerton snapped an 11-game winning streak for Long Beach State with an 8-0 five-inning win in the first game of a three-game series on the road in Fullerton. Shayna Kimbrough led the 49ers with two extra-base hits on the day.