Softball Takes Down Oklahoma State 3-1 at Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
The 49ers notched their first win of the tournament on Saturday night.
Feb. 23, 2013
Long Beach State (5-6) defeated Oklahoma State (7-7) 3-1 on Saturday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.
The 49ers batted first, but Oklahoma State got three outs straight away. With Amanda Hansen getting the start in the circle for the 49ers, she saw just four batters in the first, allowing only one to make base on a walk.
In the second inning, Karli Sandoval headed to first after being hit by a pitch. Nalani St. Germain then singled to center field, advancing Sandoval to second. The next two batters struck out swinging, but after Ashley Holmes was walked, the bases were loaded for the 49ers. Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi then grounded out to second base to strand three runners. Hansen then took to the mound again where OSU opened up with a fly out, followed by a single to center field. Hansen then hit a Cowgirl batter, putting two runners on base, but she was able to get out of the inning after a fielder's choice got the Oklahoma State runner out at third.
With runners on first and third in the third inning, Sandoval flied out to right field for a sacrifice that brought in Shayna Kimbrough. The 49ers then had runners on second and third, but were unable to score any more runs as Darian Tautalafua struck out swinging. Hansen then took out the next three batters as the game headed into the fourth inning.
Sarah Carrasco was walked to start the fourth inning and then Holmes was hit by a pitch to put 49er runners on first and second. Tupua-Tautalatasi then doubled to center field, bringing in Carrasco and Holmes as the 49ers went up 3-0. Oklahoma State then made a pitching change (Espinosa for Freeman), which proved successful as Espinosa was able to get three outs to move to the bottom of the inning. Hansen then gave up two walks, but Oklahoma State was unable to score, leaving two runners on base.
In the top of the fifth, Oklahoma State was able to knock out three quick outs to go back on offense. Hansen and the 49er defense responded with three quick outs of their own as the teams headed into the sixth inning.
Carrasco was able to get on base after an error at second base. Holmes was then walked again, putting 49er runners on first and second, but LBSU couldn't capitalize as the next three batters lined out, fouled out and popped up to end the inning. Oklahoma State was able to get a runner on base in the bottom of the sixth, but could not bring any runs in as the game moved to the final inning of play.
Hannah De Gaetano started off the seventh inning with a single as Emily Gregorio was brought into pinch run, but Oklahoma State was able to take out the next three batters and went back on offense for their last chance to score some runs. The first batter flied out to right field and then Hansen walked the next. With a runner on second base after a fielder's choice, Oklahoma State doubled to center field, bringing in its first run of the night, but Hansen struck out the next batter, ending the game and giving LBSU the win.
Hansen got the win as she pitched a complete game, giving up just three hits and one run.
The 49ers will wrap up play at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Sunday when they face UNLV at 2:00 pm, followed by Syracuse at 4:30.
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