Feb. 14, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State scored 16 runs over two games, but split in the first day falling 10-8 to Ohio State before picking up an 8-1 win over Utah Valley in the second game of the day.
The 49ers started the day with an offensive show against Ohio State. The 49ers started slow, falling behind 3-0 to the Buckeyes after the top of the first inning, but recovered by scoring three of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
Cya Neal reached on an Ohio State error, and after a walk and a wild pitch, a two-run double by Karli Sandoval helped the 49ers pull within one. Sandoval would then come around to score on a single by Ashley Holmes, as the inning ended 3-3.
The 49ers opened up a one run lead in the fourth inning. Two walks from Ohio State starting pitcher Melanie Nichols put a runner in scoring position for Long Beach State, and a single by Shayna Kimbrough gave the 49ers the lead.
49ers starter Amanda Hansen ran into trouble in the top of the fifth inning. After a leadoff walk and a sacrifice, Ohio State hit three straight singles, kickstarting a five-run inning for the Buckeyes. Long Beach State pulled back within a run after the bottom half following a two-run home run, the third of the season from Ashley Holmes, as well as a sacrifice fly from Cya Neal.
The Buckeyes added two more runs on back-to-back doubles in the sixth inning, and held on with those insurance runs for a 10-8 victory.
In the second game of the day, Long Beach State the 49ers won 8-1 against Utah Valley.
Long Beach State continues their time in Las Vegas tomorrow, facing UTEP and Utah in a pair of games beginning at 11:15 a.m.
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