49ers split a pair of softball games at Cathedral City Classic
Feb. 23, 2012
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Long Beach State split a pair of games at the Cathedral City Classic on Thursday beating Fordham 12-6 before losing to Colorado State 7-6.
The 49ers (6-6) return to action in the tournament on Saturday when they play No. 14 Stanford at 7:30 p.m. LBSU will also play a pair of games on Sunday.
Game 1: Long Beach State 12, Fordham 6
Freshman Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi had two hits and three RBI to lead the 49er offense that had 18 hits in the win over the Rams. All nine 49ers got at least one hit with Shayna Kimbrough, Dana Garcia and Alisha Rosen leading the way with three hits each.
The 49ers jumped on the Rams early with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. St. Germain delivered the big blow, ripping a two-run double to left field. Tupua-Tautalatasi and Kimbrough scored after opening the inning with back-to-back bunt singles.
Fordham got one run back in the bottom of the first when Paige Ortiz blooped a single up the middle that Tupua-Tautalatasi couldn't quite get to with a diving attempt. The Rams left the bases loaded when Kimbrough made a diving catch in the six-hole to end the inning.
Long Beach State added a run in the top of the second and could have put more on the board leaving the bases loaded. Tupua-Tautalatasi drove in Rosen on a fielder's choice where Rosen beat the shortstop's throw home. Kimbrough loaded the bases with one out on another bunt single, but Hannah De Gaetano popped out and St. Germain grounded out to the pitcher.
Fordham tied it with two runs in the bottom of the second, but LBSU rallied for three runs in the top of the third. Garcia, Rosen and Denio loaded the bases with singles, and then Tupua-Tautalatasi lined a three-RBI double to left center putting the 49ers up 6-3.
Long Beach State added three more runs in the top of the fourth. Booker launched a two-run home run to left center, her second of the season, scoring De Gaetano who opened the inning with a double. Garcia made it back-to-back homers with her second of the season.
The Rams scored two in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 9-5, but the 49ers came right back with three runs in the top of the sixth. Rosen had a two-out RBI single to left and Denio followed with a two-run single to center to put LBSU up 12-5.
Erin Jones-Wesley (6-1) picked up the win despite struggling with her control. The sophomore pitched a complete game, her sixth of the season, but walked nine Rams while allowing 11 hits. She stranded 17 Fordham runners over seven innings, while striking out four.
Game 2: Colorado State 7, Long Beach State 6
The Rams rallied from a 5-1 deficit to hand the 49ers a defeat in Thursday's late game.
Booker gave LBSU the early lead with a one-out solo home run, her third of the season, to put the 49ers up 1-0.
CSU tied it in the bottom of the second, but good 49er defense kept them from taking the lead. Lyssa Roberts double down the left field line with a pair of runners on to drive in the tying run, but the 49ers nailed the go-ahead run trying to score at the plate. Denio picked the ball up in the left field corner and hit shortstop Kimbrough who relayed a perfect throw to Garcia to get the runner by a step.
LBSU took advantage with a big inning in the top of the third. Neal led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a one-out hit by Kimbrough. De Gaetano made it 2-1 with a line drive to right center scoring Neal.
St. Germain followed with a three-run blast to center field scoring Kimbrough and De Gaetano and gave LBSU a 5-1 lead. St. Germain's home run was her second of the season and the 18th of her career.
Shae Rodriguez pulled Colorado State within two in the bottom of the third with an RBI double into the right field corner to make it 5-3. The Rams tied the game in the bottom of the fourth without the benefit of a hit.
Kimbrough misplayed a ball at short to lead off the inning. After a walk, CSU scored on a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly to tie the game, 5-5. Haley David added a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to give CSU a 6-5 lead.
The 49ers tied it at six in the top of the sixth on a fielder's choice by Tupua-Tautalatasi. Rosen led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a walk to Denio. Neal singled up the middle to load the bases with no outs. Tupua-Tautalatasi came through with the RBI, but the 49ers stranded the other two runners.
Colorado State took the lead back with a solo home run by Emily Pohl to right field in the bottom of the sixth.
Jones-Wesley (6-2) took the loss giving up two runs in two innings of relief.