49ers softball wins two in Las Vegas
Feb. 19, 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Megan Denio led Long Beach State to an 11-0 win over Arkansas in Long Beach State's first game of the day at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic on Saturday and Nalani St. Germain hit a game-winning homer in the 49es second game to beat Boise State 7-5 in eight innings.
Long Beach State (7-1) moved to 3-1 in the tournament and will face Utah tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. in its final game of the tournament.
Game 1: Long Beach State 11, Arkansas 0:
Junior Megan Denio made her first career homerun one to remember. The junior outfielder hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning to cap a school-record six RBI game and give Long Beach State an 11-0 win over Arkansas.
Denio's six RBI tied a record that teammate Christina Schallig tied in a win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Friday. Jessica Smith had originally set the record on April 10, 1999, against UC Santa Barbara and tied it less than a month later on May, 2, 1999, against New Mexico State.
Denio's grand slam highlighted a six-run fifth inning by the 49ers that also saw run score on a passed ball and a bases loaded walk.
Long Beach State jumped on the Razorbacks (4-5) scoring four runs in the bottom of the second. After singles by Schallig and Liz Javier, Dana Garcia singled to center to score Schallig to put The Beach up 1-0. Alisha Rosen added a RBI single scoring Javier, while Garcia came around to score on an error to give the 49ers a 3-0 lead. Denio tacked on another run with an RBI single up the middle for a 4-0 lead.
Denio helped LBSU add to the lead in the bottom of the fourth driving in Sarah Carrasco on a ground out to third to give Long Beach State a 5-0 advantage and set up her fifth inning heroics.
Taylor Petty (3-1) picked up the win striking out seven while allowing just four hits.
Game 2: Long Beach State 7, Boise State 5 (8):
Nalani St. Germain hit a two-run homerun in the top of the eighth inning to lead Long Beach State to its second win of the day in eight innings over Boise State.
St. Germain finished 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and was one of four 49ers with multiple hits. Caitrin DeBaun went 3-for-3 with two RBI, Sarah Carrasco was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and Megan Denio went 2-for-4 and scored two runs.
Erin Jones Wesley (3-0) picked up the win throwing 4.2 innings of relief for Brooke Turner. Wesley's win was her third in two weeks against the Broncos (2-6).