Feb. 23, 2014
Cathedral City, Calif. - Long Beach State set a school record with 14 runs scored in the final inning of the 49ers' win over New Mexico, a 17-0 rout in six innings. The result was the opposite of the first game of the day, where it was LBSU on the wrong end of an 8-0 loss.
In the opener, Long Beach State held Oklahoma State to one unearned run over the first two innings, but Amanda Hansen ran into trouble in the third inning. After giving up a single and a two-run home run to Tarah Ettinger, another base hit, a double, spelled the end of her day. The Cowgirls brought across another run in the inning, and would score three more in the fourth before ending the game by pushing across one final run in the sixth inning.
Simone Freeman limited the 49ers to just two hits in the shutout for Oklahoma State.
The 49ers rebounded in a big way in the night contest against New Mexico. Long Beach State got a clutch pitching performance from Erin Jones-Wesley, who held the Lobos scoreless for her first shutout of the season and 22nd in her career. Jones-Wesley limited New Mexico to just three hits and struck out nine in a game that was close early.
Long Beach State pulled out in front of the Lobos 2-0 after a home run from Lauren Lombardi in the top of the second, but that score was good through another two and a half innings. The 49ers pushed across one additional run in the fifth inning, but led by just three entering the sixth.
Carrie Sheehan, who had completed five innings in the circle to that point for New Mexico, started off the inning by allowing singles to Cya Neal and Hannah De Gaetano. After an out, a single and a hit batter brought home a run and forced a pitching change for New Mexico.
The 49ers capitalized on the change in a big way, as an error and two walks kept the action going for Shayna Kimbrough, who singled to score two more runs making the score 10-0 at that point. Neal was hit for another baserunner, and De Gaetano had her second hit of the inning to bring in two more runs. Finally Ashley Holmes cleared the bases with a three-run blast, and the 49ers received a second home run in the inning, this one coming from Darian Tautalafua with a runner on to make the score 17-0 in favor of the 49ers.
Erin Jones-Wesley finished off the sixth to collect her third win of the year. The 14 runs scored in an inning for Long Beach State was a school record, surpassing the old record of 13 runs set on February 21, 1999 vs. Santa Clara.
Long Beach State (8-6) concludes their time at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with one final game Sunday against Syracuse at 2 p.m.
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