Hannah De Gaetano
Feb. 15, 2013
The Long Beach State softball team opened up tournament play in Las Vegas, Nev. with a split decision, falling to No. 7 Oregon 10-1 and defeating Seattle 16-9 at the Easton Desert Classic. The 49ers are now 3-2 on the season. Tomorrow they face Nevada at 3:45 pm, followed by Oregon State at 6:00 pm.
Oregon 10, LBSU 1
In the first game of the day, LBSU faced a tough No. 7 Oregon Ducks team with Erin Jones-Wesley getting the start in the circle. Oregon led 3-0 through the third inning, but the 49ers got on the board in the bottom of the third after Shayna Kimbrough earned an RBI for her fielder's choice, which brought in Dana Garcia. Oregon extended its lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning, but then both teams stalled offensively.
The 49ers were just one out away from ending the top of the seventh down 4-1, but Oregon was able to score six runs on Jones-Wesley to put the game away. Amanda Hansen came in to relieve Jones-Wesley and got the final out of the inning. The 49ers were unable to score in the bottom of the seventh as Oregon would win 10-1.
"We played Oregon tough," said Head Coach Kim Sowder. "With a key hit here and there, it could have been a tight game. Oregon was down to their last out and got six RBIs. We just couldn't get the key hits we needed early on."
LBSU 16, Seattle 9
The 49ers were originally scheduled to face Utah Valley, but some traveling issues with one of the teams forced a change to the schedule and put Seattle University against LBSU in the team's second game of the day.
Amanda Hansen got the start for the 49ers, but was replaced by Arianna Erceg in the first after Hansen gave up four runs. LBSU got on the board in the bottom of the first after a sacrifice fly by Karli Sandoval drove in Brianna Stephan. Seattle tacked on three more runs in the top of the second to lead 7-1. LBSU was held scoreless in the bottom of the second, but the 49ers were able to hold Seattle without any runs in the top of the third as Christian Carbajal came in to pitch the rest of the game.
In the bottom of the third, Hannah De Gaetano hit her first homerun of the season to bring LBSU within 7-2. With runners on both first and second, Ashley Holmes then hit a three-run homer to bring the score to 7-5.
Seattle extended their lead to 9-5 in the top of the fourth. LBSU responded with a homerun by Sandoval as the teams headed into the fifth inning with the score 9-6. Carbajal then dispatched of Seattle's first three hitters and put LBSU back on offense where the 49er bats came alive. A single by Stephan drove in a run by Nalani St. Germain. De Gaetano got a walk, which brought in a run by Cya Neal, and then Sandoval hit her second homerun of the game, bringing in three more runs for The Beach as the team would take its first lead of the game at 12-9.
Carbajal was able to keep Seattle scoreless in the sixth and the 49ers took to the plate for one more inning. De Gaetano tallied her second homer of the game, driving in three runs for the 49ers. After Holmes reached a base on error, Sandoval scored as LBSU led 16-9 after six innings. Carbajal finished the game on a high note, with three straight outs to end the game. She also got the win for the 49ers.
"Any time you are down 7-1 and can come back and win says a lot about this team and the fight that we have," noted Sowder. "Christian gave us some momentum with her pitching and that's when things shifted in our direction. Everyone did a nice job offensively and Christian's pitching shut them down."
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