49ers split a pair of games at Palm Springs softball tournament
Feb. 24, 2011
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Long Beach State split a pair of games during the first day of the Cathedral Classic Tournament on Thursday beating Utah 5-1 in eight innings in the opener before losing 8-0 to No. 21 Texas A&M in the night cap.
The 49ers (8-3) continue tournament action Friday with a game against No. 6 Oklahoma, before playing a pair of games on Saturday.
Game 1: Long Beach State 5, Utah 1 (8)
Freshman Erin Jones-Wesley held Utah scoreless for the first seven innings and then got some help when Long Beach State scored five runs in the eighth inning in a 5-1 (8) win over the Utes. Long Beach State avenged a 3-2 loss at the hands of Utah last Sunday in Las Vegas.
Jones-Wesley (4-0) allowed just five hits, two in the eighth inning while striking out four in her third complete game of the season.
Long Beach State broke the game open in the top of the fifth scoring five runs after being held scoreless during the first seven innings. The 49ers managed just three hits in the eighth but capitalized on three Utah errors.
Megan Denio, who was on third base after a hit by Bree Stephan, scored the game's first run on an error by Utah's third baseman on a ball hit by Nalani St. Germain. After a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, Stephen scored on an error by the Utah shortstop on a ball hit by Caitrin DeBaun to make the score 2-0.
Sarah Carrasco delivered Long Beach State's first hit of the inning, driving in St. Germain. Liz Javier made it 4-0 with an RBI ground out to the second baseman scoring DeBaun. Karli Sandoval drove in the final run with a base hit up the middle to score pinch runner Brooke Bell. Utah threatened in the bottom of the eighth, scoring one run, but the Utes left the bases loaded when Jones-Wesley forced a comebacker to record the final out.
Game 2: No. 21 Texas A&M 8, Long Beach State 0
Long Beach State gave up four runs in the third and four runs in the fourth en route to the 49ers first loss of the day. Texas A&M (10-4) hit two homeruns, while LBSU managed just three hits.