Softball Bounces Back With Run-Rule Win Over No. 14 Minnesota
Lauren MacLeod goes 3-for-4 with four RBI in the win.
Las Vegas, Nev. - Long Beach State jumped out to a big lead and never looked back in Saturday’s matinee, stunning No. 14 Minnesota with a 13-2 win in five innings.
Cielo Meza went the distance to collect her first collegiate win, striking out six Minnesota (3-1) batters while the offense went to work. Hannah Cookson went 4-for-4 with four singles, while Lauren MacLeod drove in four RBI on three hits.
It didn’t take any time for Long Beach State (2-2) to get going, as the Beach put up six runs in the first inning. Haley Tobler singled to start the game, and after an error, Darian Tautalafua drew a walk to load the bases. A second Minnesota error got the scoring started, keeping the bases loaded for Cookson, who continued her hot start with a single to give the Beach a 2-0 lead.
Another single, this time from Nichole Fry, kept the runs scoring for LBSU, and MacLeod and LT Torres followed with RBI singles of their own, which with a throwing error, the third of the inning for Minnesota gave Long Beach State a 6-0 lead.
Singles by Tautalafua, Cookson and Fry loaded the bases again in the second inning, and MacLeod came through a second time, singling home another run to stretch the LBSU lead to seven.
Long Beach State again capitalized on Minnesota errors to really put the game away in the third inning. Alley Perkins and Tautalafua both reached on Minnesota miscues, and Julia Lombardi singled to score Perkins, and Tautalafua came home on a throwing error to make the score 9-0. Cookson followed with another single to score Lombardi, and after a hit batter, MacLeod singled home two more runs as the 49ers opened up an 12-0 lead in their first game against a ranked opponent in 2016.
Minnesota tacked on two late runs, while Long Beach State added one more on an RBI double from Lombardi as the Beach evened their record with the big win.
Long Beach State’s time at the Sportco Kickoff Classic ends Sunday with one more game, as the 49ers face another ranked foe in No. 9 Oklahoma at 9 a.m.
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