Feb. 23, 2014
Cathedral City Calif. - Long Beach State won a wild back-and-forth contest with Syracuse Sunday 7-6 following a walkoff double by Ashlynn Booker in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hannah De Gaetano was also a key contributor, with two hits, an RBI and a run scored against the Orange.
Erin Jones-Wesley pitched a second straight complete game to improve to 4-3 on the year with the win, one where the 49ers never led until the final pitch.
Syracuse (4-6) opened up the scoring with a three-run inning in the first. Shirley Daniels led off the game with a single, and Syracuse was able to load the bases with one out. A hit batter, a single and a sacrifice fly brought across three runs before the 49ers could get out of the inning and spotted Syracuse three early runs.
Long Beach State (9-4) was able to answer back in the bottom half of the inning. Shayna Kimbrough led off with a walk for Long Beach State, and Cya Neal brought her in with a triple, her second of the year. De Gaetano followed with an RBI single to cut the Syracuse lead back to one.
Both teams traded solo runs in the third inning, and the 49ers were able to tie the score in the fourth. After surrendering an unearned run in the top half, Booker reached base on a walk, and Darian Tautalafua homered for the second game in a row to tie the game at 5-5.
After a scoreless sixth fifth, Syracuse once again took again the lead with an unearned run. Down to their final three outs, Long Beach State was able to rally for the win. With a one-out double, De Gaetano kept the LBSU hopes alive, and Ashley Holmes singled to tie the game. Sarah Carrasco singled to move Holmes into scoring position, and Booker's double into the gap in right ended the game in favor of The Beach.
Next up for Long Beach State is hosting duties for the Long Beach Louisville Slugger Invitational, held from Feb. 27 through March 2. The event will be held at three venues, the 49er Softball Complex at Long Beach State, Mayfair Park in Lakewood, Calif., and at Cal State Fullerton.
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