Softball Closes Beach Kickoff Classic With Win Over SDSU
Long Beach State’s underclassmen delivered in the win.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State’s freshmen came through in a big way Saturday, carrying Long Beach State to a 5-1 win over San Diego State to close out the Beach Kickoff Classic.
Long Beach State (3-1-1) got an excellent relief performance from Devyn Magnett, who pitched four scoreless innings in her third collegiate appearance to nab her first collegiate win. Clermont, who had gotten the start, pitched three innings before giving way to Magnett.
A leadoff walk led to a run for San Diego State (1-3) in the third inning. An excellent bunt from Zaria Meshack put two on with nobody out for the Aztecs, and an RBI single from Jenavee Peres scored the first run of the game. Clermont and the Beach got out of the inning with some sparkling defense. Hannah Cookson threw out Meshack at home for the second out of the inning, and Sammi Gyerman closed out the frame with an over the shoulder catch in center field.
Long Beach State answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Nichole Fry started the inning with a single, and then freshman Aniesa Maulupe lifted her first career home run to left field to give the Beach a 2-1 lead. Keeping the rally going, Lauren Lombardi walked, and Tierra Falo singled to put two on for Sammi Gyerman, who also singled to score a third run for Long Beach State.
The Beach added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lauren Lombardi started a two-out rally with a single, and Falo followed with a double to put two runners in scoring position. A single from Julia Lombardi then scored both runs as the Beach took a 5-1 lead.
Magnett, who only allowed three hits on the day, was untroubled the rest of the way as Long Beach State went on to the victory. Maulupe finished the day 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI, while Fry and Falo also each finished with two hits for the Beach.
Long Beach State will stay at home, hosting No. 13 Washington on Valentine’s Day in the team’s next competition. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 10 a.m. due to Washington’s travel schedule.
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