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.
Hannah De Gaetano's two-run home run was the big hit against Houston.
Softball dropped its opening game of the Long Beach Invitational to Virginia Tech 6-1 Thursday night at Mayfair Park.
Long Beach State (2014): Picked up a major conference award for the second year in a row after being named the Big West Defensive Player of the Year ... Also a first-team All-Big West selection ... Is on track to finish her career with the highest batting average in school history ... Hit .395 as a junior to raise her career average to .349 ... Started all 56 games at shortstop and batted leadoff in every contest ... Led the Beach in batting average, and was fourth in the Big West ... Second in the Big West and first on the team with 73 hits on the season ... Walked 18 times and only struck out six times on the season ... Also led the team with nine sacrifice bunts ... Hit 10 doubles and three triples, driving in 24 RBI ... Had a 10-game hitting streak, the longest of the season for the 49ers ... Also led the team in multi-hit games with 24 ... Went 2-for-3 with a run scored in a win over George Washington (2/7) ... Tied a season-best with three hits, including a double against Ohio State (2/14) ... Had a third-straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 against Utah Valley (2/14) ... Two hits in a 7-6 win at UNLV (2/16) ... Went 2-for-4 against New Mexico ... Back-to-Back multi-hit games against Nevada and Utah Valley (2/27) ... Swiped two bases against Lehigh, tying a career high (3/5) ... Started a 10-game hitting streak with a single against Texas (3/9) ... Had five hits over the course of a double-header against UC Davis (3/30) ... Tied her season best with three hits in game two against the Aggies ... Had an eight game hitting streak that included two Big West series, against Hawai'i and at Cal State Fullerton ... Went 3-for-5 in the series finale against the Titans (4/17) ... Hit safely in both games against UCLA (4/21) ... Went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the series opener against UC Santa Barbara (5/9) ... Had two hits over a career-high six at-bats in the regular season finale against the Gauchos (5/10) ... Picked up a base hit and scored twice in the 49ers' postseason win over Southern Utah (5/17) ... Closed out the season with a 3-for-4 day against Notre Dame.
(2013): As a sophomore was picked as the Big West Player of the Year ... Also a Second-Team All-Region nod and a First-Team All-Big West selection ... Led the 49ers to a 37-20 overall record while hitting .374 with 74 hits, 18 RBI and an on-base percentage of .400 as Long Beach State's leadoff batter ... Stole 13 bases in 2013, and added eight doubles, two triples and a home run ... Kimbrough's .374 batting average was the second-highest in school history ... Her 74 hits in the season tied for third in one season at Long Beach State ... Scored 39 runs, third in the school single-season records ... Picked up a hit in eight of Long Beach State's first 10 games ... Kicked off a huge hot streak with a 4-for-5 day vs. UNLV (2/24) ... Went 22-41 (.537) over a ten-game stretch, finishing with a 2-for-4 day against Charleston Southern (3/9) ... Hit .407 in conference while starting all of Long Beach State's Big West contests ... Had two straight three-hit games against Cal Poly (3/24) and UC Riverside (3/29) ... Hit her first career home run at Pacific (4/14) ... Earned Big West Player of the Week on April 29 after a huge series at Hawai'i ... Went 2-for-4 with two runs in the opener against the Rainbow Wahine (4/26) ... Had six hits in the doubleheader the next day, starting 4-for-4 with two RBI, three runs scored and a double in game one before going 2-for-4 with a run scored in game two (4/27).
(2012): Named All-Big West Honorable Mention...Held down the shortstop position in 54 games and made 94 put-outs and 108 assists in the season... Batted .273 with nine RBIs and 24 runs scored...Stole six bases throughout the season... Had one of her best offensive games against Indiana (Feb. 17) where she went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI during the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic... Hit two doubles against Cal State Northridge (Apr. 22) where she went 3-for-5 overall and scored one run.
High School: Played three seasons at Pacifica High School in Oxnard, Calif., before transferring to Frontier High School in Bakersfield ... Led Frontier HS to a 35-3 record, while claiming first-team all-state and first-team all-county honors ... Finished 87th in the state of California in hitting with a .579 average ... Finished with 10 doubles, three triples and a home run, while driving in 26 runs with 39 runs scored and 30 stolen bases ... Had a .579 on-base percentage, and a .746 slugging percentage ... As a junior, earned first-team all-state and first-team all-County recognition at Pacifica HS ... Hit .511 with 22 RBI and 10 stolen bases ... Scored 35 runs, while finishing with a .537 on-base percentage ... Earned first-team all-state and first-team all-conference accolades as a sophomore after hitting .520 with 17 RBI and 31 runs scored ... Had a .548 on-base percentage and a .963 fielding percentage ... Claimed first-team all-state and first-team all-league honors as a freshman ... High school coaches were Dave Fox at Pacifica and Lisa Moore at Frontier.
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