Feb. 9, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Things looked dire for Long Beach State in the team's rematch with Kent State, down 6-1 with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. However, Ashley Holmes hit her second home run of the weekend, and then Sarah Carrasco capped off the comeback with a three-run blast over the scoreboard as the 49ers rallied to defeat the Golden Flashes 9-7.
Kent State was able to push across a run in each of the first three innings, and escaping a threat by the 49ers in the second inning by allowing just a single run. The Golden Flashes looked to put the game away in the fifth inning, as Amanda Hansen put two on and then surrendered a three-run to Maddy Grimm as Kent State took a 6-1 lead.
Needing some heroes to step up, Long Beach State found them in the bottom of the inning. Cya Neal led off frame with a single, and Hannah De Gaetano followed with a base hit of her own to put runners on the corners. Kent State reliever Ronnie Ladines picked up two outs on the next two batters, and while the 49ers pushed a run across, the rally looked like it was coming to an end.
Instead, Holmes turned on a pitch to left, cutting the Kent State lead to 6-4. The Golden Flashes turned to pitcher Emma Johnson, who had stifled the 49er bats a day ago, but the two-out rally continued, as freshman Lauren Lombardi collected her first collegiate hit, and Christina Montoya walked to put two runners on for Carrasco.
Coming in on a pinch hit appearance, the senior smashed an offering by Johnson not just over the wall, but over the scoreboard in left center to give Long Beach State the lead heading into the sixth inning.
Long Beach State added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning on a two-run hit by Lombardi, and Erin Jones-Wesley finished off the game for Long Beach State, collecting her fifth career save in the process, while Hansen earned the win to improve to 3-0 in 2014.
Long Beach State will now hit the road for the next two weekends while continuing tournament play. The 49ers will start at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., starting competition on Friday, February 14.
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