Feb. 6, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State kicked off the 2014 season in wildly different ways, falling 10-0 to No. 12 Kentucky before bouncing back with a run-rule game of their own, defeating Santa Clara 8-0 in five innings. Ashlynn Booker's two-run home run sealed the win for the 49ers against Santa Clara.
In game one, Long Beach State was able to threaten the No. 12 Wildcats early, as Shayna Kimbrough started off the bottom of the first inning with a single after Erin Jones-Wesely struck out a pair in the top of the first. Kimbrough was advanced around the bases, but was cut down at the plate in an early opportunity for the 49ers.
Kentucky got on the board with a two-run home run from Ansley Smith in the third inning, and then took advantage of a defensive miscue by the 49ers to open up a 7-0 lead after four innings, and grew to ten before the completion of five innings. Sarah Carrasco had two hits for the 49ers in the opener.
In the second game, it was the 49ers that did the pounding against Santa Clara. Amanda Hansen, after making a relief performance in the first game, was masterful, scattering three hits while earning her fourth career shutout, holding down Santa Clara while the LBSU offense went to work.
And go to work is exactly what the LBSU offense did. Cya Neal got the action started with a single in the first inning, and after another single and a walk loaded the bases, Karli Sandoval doubled to bring home a pair, before an RBI groundout by Carrasco added another run as Long Beach State opened up a 3-0 lead in the first.
Piling on two more runs in the second inning, Ashley Holmes extended the Long Beach State lead in the fourth inning with a solo home run, setting up a chance for the shortened game. Sandoval, who reached base in both of her earlier appearances, reached on an error, and with a runner on, Ashlynn Booker announced her return to the team with a laser past the wall in left field to give the 49ers an early end to the day in an 8-0 win.
The 49ers (1-1) continue to host their first tournament of the season on Friday with three more games on day two of the Mizuno Invitational. Long Beach State will be in action in the final game of the day at 2 p.m., facing off with George Washington.
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