Feb. 7, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - One day after rebounding from a loss with a mercy rule win, Long Beach State's offense again carried the day in an 8-0 win over George Washington. Karly Sandoval hit a three-run home run, the 16th of her career to help the 49ers take a 6-0 lead after the first inning.
The 49ers wasted no time jumping out on George Washington. Shayna Kimbrough led off the game with a single, and Cya Neal followed with a triple as the 49ers got on the board after two batters. Following a walk to Hannah De Gaetano, Sandoval lifted a ball over the fence in left field to spot the 49ers a 4-0 lead with no outs. Darian Tautalafua kept the action going, the fifth straight Long Beach State (2-1) batter to reach base, and following another fielder's choice and a single by Ashlynn Booker, a double and some crafy baserunning by Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi allowed the 49ers extend the lead to 6-0 before the final out of the first.
The 49ers were held off the board for the next four innings, but opened the sixth inning with a single from Ashley Holmes after a tremendous 11-pitch at-bat. A GW error put two runners on base, and freshman Mattie Scheele finished off the game with a two-run pinch hit double in her first collegiate at-bat.
Meanwhile, the 49ers had no issues holding off George Washington with another stellar start from Amanda Hansen. Hansen combined for her second shutout of the season, striking out six while allowing just three hits over five innings, improving to 2-0 on the year. Freshman Sydney Shipley saw her first action of the year in the circle, and threw a scoreless inning in the sixth inning for the 49ers while finishing the game.
With her home run, Sandoval moved into a tie for fourth place in school history with Jessica Smith, each with 16 home runs in a career. Long Beach State continues to host the Long Beach Mizuno Invitational with three games tomorrow, beginning at 9 a.m. The 49ers are in action beginning at 2 p.m., hosting Kent State.
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