Softball Splits On Opening Day With South Dakota
Long Beach State dominated game one before falling in a pitcher's duel in the second half of the doubleheader.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State won the first game of the season in dominant fashion, 8-0 in five innings but the day ended bittersweet for the Beach after a one-run loss in the second game of the day with South Dakota.
Senior Christina Clermont and Freshman Devyn Magnett shared the honors in the first combined no-hitter in school history, as Long Beach State (1-1) held South Dakota (1-1) hitless in the opener. Clermont struck out four batters over the first four innings, and Magnett walked the leadoff batter but then retired three in a row in her debut to share in the shutout.
It was the 32nd no-hitter in school history, and the second of Clermont's career at the Beach after she threw a perfect game against New Mexico State in her sophomore season.
The pair was supported by plenty of offense in the opener. Nichole Fry drew a walk to start the season for Long Beach State, and the Beach took a 2-0 lead after a towering home run to left field from Tierra Falo in the first inning.
Loading the bases in the second, the Beach brought home four more runs as Falo walked to score one run, and was followed by a two-run double by Lauren Lombardi. A sacrifice fly from Julia Lombardi then made the score 6-0 after two innings.
The Beach tacked on two more runs in the third on a triple from Fry after back-to-back walks, and South Dakota never threatened on the way to the run rule win.
In the second game, five walks from Jessica Flores spoiled an otherwise solid debut in the circle from the junior college transfer in a 1-0 loss.
South Dakota scored the only run of the game as Christy Warnock was reached after being hit by a pitch with two outs to keep the inning alive. After a single by Shelby Keil, two walks brought home Warnock to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead.
That would hold as Ally Wiegand went the distance against the Beach, scattering three hits with no walks on the day. Flores also allowed just three hits, but the early run proved to be the difference.
Long Beach State is back in action tomorrow, hosting No. 22 Notre Dame at 11:30 a.m. followed by Weber State at 2 p.m., weather permitting. Check back at www.longbeachstate.com for the latest details regarding rain delays or postponements.
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