Long Beach State opens up Big West Conference play this week by hosting UC Davis at the 49er Softball Complex. The 49ers start with a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., before closing the series with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday.
Sophomore pitcher Christina Clermont pitched the 8th perfect game in Long Beach State history, highlighting a dominant three-game stretch that saw the hurler named the Big West Pitcher of the Week as announced by the conference Monday.
Long Beach State scored 13 runs in the fifth inning, tied for second-most in school history, as the Beach cruised past Utah State 16-3 in five innings on the strength of that inning. Freshman Julia Lombardi hit a pair of home runs in game two, driving in 6 RBI, a career high.
Long Beach State stayed aggressive against Weber State, and it paid off as the 49ers won their second game in a row, defeating the Wildcats 5-3. Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi had two hits and scored twice, while Julia Lombardi hit a solo home run, her third of the year.