Beach head coach Kim Sowder named Big West Coach of the year for the second time.
Amanda Hansen allowed three runs over a career-long 8.2 innings pitched.
Shayna Kimbrough's RBI triple was the big hit in a quick 3-0 victory over the Rainbow Wahine.
Long Beach State out to a program record 8-0 start in Big West play.
Darian Tautalafua hits the team's second grand slam of the season.
Softball dropped its opening game of the Long Beach Invitational to Virginia Tech 6-1 Thursday night at Mayfair Park.
Career: Enters 2014 in line to set a number of career pitching records at Long Beach State ... Ranks fourth in career wins (64), 14 behind Meredith Cervenka ... Ranks third in strikeouts, with 539, trailing Cervenka by 95 Ks ... Also ranks in the schools top ten in complete games (61, 9th), shutouts (21, 9th) and innings pitched (603.2, 9th) ... Has thrown three career no-hitters, and can match Cervenka for the school record with one more ... Can become Long Beach State's second four-time First-Team All-Big West selection in 2014.
Long Beach State (2013): Earned First-Team All-Big West honors for the third season in a row as a junior ... Second in the Big West with 191 strikeouts on the year ... Posted a 20-8 record for the 49ers with a 2.51 ERA on the season ... Started 29 games, throwing four shutouts with 16 complete games ... Held opponents to .218 hitting overall ... A three-time Big West Pitcher of the Week winner as a junior ... Struck out 10 or more batters six times in 2013 ... Started season with eight strikeouts in four innings in a start against Wright State (2/8) ... Finished with 11 strikeouts, allowing one run against Nevada (2/16) ... Struck out 10 in the next game against Utah (2/17) ... Threw her third career no-hitter against Fresno State, striking out nine (3/3) ... Set a career high with 12 strikeouts against Virginia Tech (3/7) ... Pitched two straight complete games against Massachusetts (3/15) and Harvard (3/16) ... Struck out 11 against the Crimson ... Allowed no runs in a start against San Jose State (3/17) ... Earned her first Big West Pitcher of the Week honor after leading the 49ers to a pair of wins against Cal State Fullerton, including a 1-0 shutout on April 6 ... Picked up the first of back-to-back weekly honors after pitching in both halves of a double-header against Hawai'i, finishing off the morning game with eight strikeouts in 5-2 innings before starting the second game, an 11-3 win (4/27) ... Pitched two straight shutouts against UC Davis, including a one-hitter on May 4 ... Finished the season with a complete game victory over Fresno State (5/11) ... Also made 16 at-bats, with her big day at the plate coming against Massachusetts, hitting a two-RBI double and scoring twice (3/15).
(2012): Selected to All-Big West First Team... Chosen as Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week four times... Finished season with a 21-1 record in 40 appearances... Did not allow any hits against Cal State Northridge (Apr. 22) in five innings of work... Struck out a total of 176 batters and finished with a 2.02 ERA... Struck out a season high 11 batters against Sacramento State (Feb. 10) after 7 innings... Had 54 defensive assists while pitching and 10 put-outs
(2011): Named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year, Big West Conference Freshman Pitcher of the Year, first-team All-Big West Conference and 2011 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-West Region Second Team ... Finished season with a 23-8 record and a 1.80 ERA, while striking out 172 in 198 innings pitched ... Finished 15th in the NCAA in shutouts with 11 in 40 appearances, while ranking 40th in victories ... Ranked among the single-season all-time leaders at LBSU in appearances (T2nd), strikeouts (4th), wins (T5th) and shutouts (7th) ... Named Big West Conference Pitcher of the Week six times in a possible 14 weeks ... Threw a pair of no-hitters (7-1 win over Baylor and 2-0 win over Utah State) to rank second on the single-season no-hitters list at LBSU ... Also ranks third in career no-hitters ... Led the Big West in ERA and wins, while finishing second in appearances, opposing batting average (.215), inning pitched and strikeouts, while ranking third in starts (29) and fifth in saves (1) ... In addition to no-hitters against Baylor (six strikeouts) and Utah State (season-high 11 strikeouts), threw a pair of one-hitters ... First one-hitter came in a 1-0 win over Illinois where she struck out four, while the second came in a 10-0 five-inning win over UC Davis that saw her fan five ... Started the season with back-to-back eight-strikeout games against Boise State, while winning first five decisions ... Also had eight strikeouts in five innings of a 3-1 win over UC Davis ... Offensively, batted in 22 games finishing with a .364 batting average (8-of-22), with two doubles and four RBI ... Had two multi-hit games ... Went 2-for-3 with an RBI vs. DePaul and went 2-for-2 with an RBI vs. Cal State Northridge.
High School: Three-year team captain at Los Osos High School... Named MVP at Los Osos High School as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Helped lead Los Osos to two CIF Southern Section Division II playoff berths during junior and senior seasons ... Two-time All-Inland Valley First Team selection... Three-time first-team All-Baseline League ... All-CIF Southern Section Division II First Team selection in 2009 ... Named third-team all-state in 2010 and second-team all-state in 2009 ... Earned spot on Charter Oak All-Tournament Team in 2008 and 2009 ... Named second-team All-Baseline League and Los Osos High Rookie of the Year in 2007 ... Compiled 641 strikeouts in four seasons ... Pitched a perfect game as sophomore and a no-hitter during senior season ... Finished high school career with 1.06 ERA and 41-23 record.
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