49ers drop a pair of games at Cathedral City softball tournament
Ashlynn Booker hit her fourth home run of the season in the opener
Feb. 26, 2012
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - Long Beach State dropped a pair of games at the Cathedral City Classic on Sunday losing to Long Island 5-2 and No. 15 Arizona 4-0.
The 49ers (6-9) return to action on Wednesday when they host Maine in a doubleheader in the team's first home games of the season. Game times are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Game 1: Long Island 5, Long Beach State 2
The 49ers had the tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out, but a pair of comebackers to the pitcher allowed Long Island (2-13) to hold on for a 5-2 win.
Long Island chased Long Beach State starter Amanda Hansen with four runs in the second inning on three hits. Brooklynn York delivered the big hit, a bases clearing three-run double, to give Long Island a 3-0 lead.
The Blackbirds added a fourth run on a wild pitch by Hansen ending her game. Christian Carbajal inherited runners on second and third, but got out of the inning retiring the next two hitters.
Long Island added an unearned run in the top of the third on a bases loaded walk to make it 5-0, but Ashlynn Booker pulled LBSU back within four with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fifth. The homer was the 49ers first hit of the game.
The 49ers added another run in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 5-2, but Megan Sheaf got the next two hitters to pick up the win.
Hansen (0-4) was the losing pitcher for the 49ers. Carbajal was effective in relief giving up just one unearned run in 5.2 innings pitched.
Game 2: #15 Arizona 4, Long Beach State 0
Long Beach State allowed three unearned runs to the nationally-ranked Wildcats, while struggling on offense in a 4-0 loss.
Arizona got on the board in the top of the second inning without the benefit of a hit. Shayna Kimbrough misplayed a ball at shortstop, and then back-to-back walks led to a sacrifice fly and a 1-0 Wildcat lead.
The Wildcats added a run in the top of the fifth on a bases loaded walk that was set up by three soft singles, including one that didn't make it out of the infield.
Arizona (13-4) tacked on two more in the top of the sixth thanks to some shaky 49er defense. Chelsea Goodacre led off the inning with a double that dropped between Kimbrough and Megan Denio in left field. After a groundout, Kimbrough dropped a line drive allowing the runner to score. The Wildcats added another run on a dropped pop fly by Kimbrough.
Erin Jones-Wesley (6-4) took the loss while allowing just one earned run in seven innings. She allowed just five hits, but walked nine while striking out four.
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