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49ers split a pair of games at Las Vegas tournament

Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi had four hits in the two games

Feb. 17, 2012

Box Score

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Long Beach State split a pair of games at the Louisville Slugger Desert Softball Classic on Friday. The 49ers beat Indiana 13-3 in five innings in the opener, before losing to Texas Tech 2-0 in the second game.

Hannah De Gaetano led the 49ers with five hits in the two games, while Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi and Cya Neal added four hits in the two games.

Long Beach State (4-3) continues to tournament Saturday with a pair of games. The 49ers face Memphis at 3:45 p.m. and Ohio State at 6 p.m.

Game 1: Long Beach State 13, Indiana 3 (5)

The 49ers put together an impressive offensive effort in cruising to a 13-3 five-inning win over Indiana (2-4) in LBSU's first game of the tournament. Eight of the nine players in the starting lineup had a hit, with five players finishing with multiple hits. Eight of the nine players scored a run, while eight of the nine also had at least one RBI. Four players scored multiple runs, with three players finishing with multiple RBI.

De Gaetano led the 49ers going 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Jennifer Madigan was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. Freshmen Shayna Kimbrough and Tupua-Tautalatasi had two hits apiece, as did Neal in her first game as a 49er.

Kimbrough, Nalani St. Germain, and Neal all scored two runs, while Dana Garcia drove in a pair of runs. Garcia and De Gaetano both hit home runs for the 49ers.

Long Beach State jumped out to an early lead scoring five runs in the bottom of the first against the Hoosiers. Garcia capped the inning with a two-run home run, her second career round tripper. The 49ers opened the inning by loading the bases on hits by De Gaetano, Kimbrough and Tupua-Tautalatasi. A pair of fielder's choices by St. Germain and Sarah Carrasco scored the first two runs, Jennifer Madigan drove in the third.



Indiana answered with a pair of runs in the top of the second on a two-run home to cut the lead, but De Gaetano ripped a two-run home run, the third of her career, to centerfield scoring Neal, to put the 49ers back on top 7-2 after two innings. Megan Denio made it 8-2 in the bottom of the third with an RBI double to score Madigan.

The 49ers added five runs in the bottom of the fourth to push the lead to 13-2. Kimbrough doubled, on a bunt that got by the third baseman while the shortstop was covering second, to drive in Neal. Tupua-Tautalatasi added an RBI single to score De Gaetano to give LBSU a 10-2 lead. After Kimbrough scored on a dropped pop fly by the Hoosiers second baseman to put the 49ers up by nine, Madigan ripped a two-RBI double give LBSU a 13-2 lead after four innings.

Erin Jones-Wesley (4-0) picked up the win allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) in five innings. She struck out two.

Game 2: Texas Tech 2, Long Beach State 0

The 49ers offense went silent in game two of the day with LBSU dropping a 2-0 decision to Texas Tech.

The Red Raiders scored a run in both the first and second innings and rode the pitching of Cara Custer who shut out the 49ers while holding them to seven hits.

De Gaetano, Tupua-Tautalatasi and Neal all went 2-for-3 to lead the 49ers, while Kimbrough picked up LBSU's other hit.

Amanda Hansen (0-3) took the loss despite holding the Red Raiders (3-4) to just one earned run on seven hits.

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