Feb. 24, 2013
Cathedral City, Calif. -- The Long Beach State softball team (7-6) wrapped up tournament play at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in dramatic fashion as a walk-off grand slam by Ashley Holmes pushed the 49ers to victory against Syracuse on Sunday.
On the final day of the tournament, LBSU first defeated UNLV 7-2 and then beat Syracuse 7-6.
LBSU 7, Syracuse 6
LBSU scored first in the bottom of the second after a fly out by Holmes, brought home Karli Sandoval, but the Orangewomen answered with their own run in the top of the third as Amanda Hansen was pitching for The Beach. Syracuse then added another run in the fourth to lead 2-1 through the fourth inning, and then exploded with four runs in the top of the fifth to push its lead to 6-1 after Christian Carbajal came in to close the game for the 49ers. Both teams were held scoreless in the sixth and Carbajal was able to get out of the seventh without giving up a run.
The 49ers, faced with the daunting task of overcoming a 6-1 lead and down to their final out after Kimbrough popped up to the short stop and Stephan flied out to center field, never gave up as De Gaetano then doubled to left field and Sandoval followed with a two run homer to bring the 49ers within 6-3. Back-to-back singles by Tautalafua and St. Germain put runners on first and second, and then both advanced to their next bases after a wild pitch. After Sarah Carrasco was walked, the bases were loaded as Holmes headed to the plate. Holmes then hit a walk-off grand slam to bring in four runs and win the game for the 49ers.
LBSU 7, UNLV 2
UNLV got on the board first after hitting a homerun in the bottom of the first. LBSU responded with a four-run second inning to lead 4-1. With runners on third and first, Dana Garcia singled to center field to bring in a run. Leilani Tupua-Taulatatasi then doubled to left field to bring in two more runs. Shayna Kimbrough then hit her own double, bringing in Tupua-Taulatatasi. In the third inning, UNLV was able to tack on one more run to trail 4-2.
Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth inning, but the 49ers added another run in the top of the fifth after a single by Ashley Holmes brought in Nalani St. Germain as the Beach led 5-1 through the fifth. In the top of the sixth, the 49ers added two more runs after a triple Brianna Stephan brought home Kimbrough. Stephan then scored on a sacrifice bunt by Hannah De Gaetano as LBSU would then lead 7-2, which would go on to be the final score.
Erin Jones Wesley got the win, pitching all seven inning, while giving up just two hits and two walks on the day.
Up next, LBSU will head to the Sa Diego State Classic I March 1-3 where they will face Boise State, San Diego State, New Mexico, BYU and Fresno State.
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