Feb. 17, 2012
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.
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.
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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