49ers Hold Off UNLV To Close Easton Desert Classic
Feb. 16, 2014
Las Vegas, Nev. - Ashley Holmes and Karli Sandoval each blasted a two-run home run, helping Long Beach State slug past UNLV 7-6 in the 49ers' final game of the Easton Desert Classic. Holmes finished the day 2-for-3, and now has five home runs in 10 games this season.
UNLV opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs in total after Stefany Valentino led off the inning with a double. With the bases loaded, Pauline Monreal hit the second double of the inning, clearing the bases and putting the Rebels in the lead.
The 49ers were able to chip away at the lead with the long ball. After a leadoff walk to Sandoval in the second inning, Holmes hit her fifth home run of the season to bring Long Beach State (6-4) back within one. Sandoval was then able to return the favor in the third inning, hitting a two-run shot after Hannah De Gaetano reached base with a single.
That second home run tied the game at 4-4 after a UNLV run in the bottom of the second inning, and the 49ers pushed out in front for good in the top of the fifth inning. Holmes started the action with a leadoff walk against UNLV reliever Amanda Oliveto. A fielder's choice exchanged runners, and a double from Sarah Carassco put two runners in scoring position. A walk loaded the bases, but with two outs, two errors in the field allowed the 49ers to bring across three more runs for a 7-4 lead.
The Rebels mounted one final rally, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Amanda Hansen was able to strike out Monreal with two runners in scoring position to end the threat. Hansen then retired the side in order in the seventh inning to collect her fourth win of the season.
Long Beach State continues tournament play on the road next weekend, participating in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. The 49ers open up against LSU at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 20.