49ers Split Again After Comback Win Against UTEP
Feb. 15, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Karli Sandoval's solo home run against UTEP proved to be the difference in a 5-4 win over the Miners, helping Long Beach State pick up a split on the second day of competition at the Easton Desert Classic. In the second game of the day, Long Beach State lost to Utah 11-3.
In the first game of the day, the 49ers and Miners exchanged first inning runs, and UTEP pushed out in front for a second time in the third inning, pushing across a pair of runs on an illegal pitch and a sacrifice fly.
Long Beach State made a rally of their own in the fourth inning. With two outs, Cya Neal singled to keep the inning alive, and Hannah De Gaetano singled to put runners on the corners. UTEP elected to intentionally walk Sandoval, who had already hit two singles, but the decision backfired as Ashley Holmes came through with a two-run single to tie the game, and a rattled Taylor Grohmann walked the next two batters to put the 49ers in the lead for the first time 4-3.
UTEP was able to tie the game in the top of the sixth, but Sandoval came through with a leadoff homer in the bottom half, part of a 3-for-3 game for the senior. Erin Jones-Wesley held on for the win with a scoreless seventh inning as Long Beach State claimed a 5-4 victory.
Jones-Wesley started the second game as well, but didn't fare as well in the second contest, giving up four early runs to Utah. Hansen, the first game's starting pitcher, came in but was also unable to finish the inning as Utah opened up an 8-0 lead after the first.
Sydney Shipley surrendered a ninth run in the bottom of the second inning, and sophomore Selene Pola came on, and finished the rest of the game, allowing two runs over three innings. The 49ers pushed across three runs in the final two innings, primarily on the strength of a two-run home run from Ashlynn Booker, but the damage was done in a run-rule 11-3 loss.
Long Beach State closes out their time in Las Vegas Sunday, playing the host UNLV Rebels at 1:30 p.m.