Feb. 21, 2013
Long Beach State (4-6) dropped two games on the opening day of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., falling to No. 4 Tennessee 7-0 and No. 14 Arizona 4-3.
Tennessee 7, LBSU 0
Arianna Erceg got the start in the circle for the 49ers in LBSU's first game of the day. She pitched three inning and gave up six runs before Amanda Hansen entered the game in relief after the third inning. Hansen was able to hold Tennessee to just one run in the final four innings of play.
Tennessee struck first, scoring three runs in the top of the first, but the 49ers were unable to get any offense going through the first three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, LBSU was able to load the bases, but could not get a run to score as Tennessee pushed their lead to 6-0.
The Vols tacked on another run in the sixth inning to lead 7-0. The 49ers again loaded the bases, but could not capitalize with any runs as Tennessee would win the game.
Arizona 4, LBSU 3
In the second game of the day, Erin Jones-Wesley got the start in the circle and pitched a complete game, giving up six hits, four runs and walking four batters.
The 49ers struck first after a single by Nalani St. Germain brought in Shayna Kimbrough for a run. Arizona tied the game in the third inning, but the 49ers broke the tie in the sixth to go up 3-1. Darian Taulatafua started off the scoring as she hit her first homerun of the season to bring in herself and St. Germain.
In the top of the seventh, Jones-Wesley struck out the first two batters, but gave up two consecutive walks to put runners on first and second. She then gave up a double that brought in a run for the Wildcats. Jones-Wesley gave up another walk and Arizona was able to hit another double to bring in two more runs, giving the Wildcats a 4-3 lead. Down to their final inning, the 49ers were unable to get on base as the team went three-and-out to end the game.
Long Beach State has a break in action on Friday, but returns to the field on Saturday when they face Oklahoma State at 7:30 pm.
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