March 2, 2013
The 49er softball team (11-6) improved to 4-0 at the San Diego State Classic I after posting two wins on Saturday, capped off by a 12-3 win over BYU that was called after six innings. LBSU also defeated New Mexico 6-2 in the first game of the day.
LBSU 6, New Mexico 2
Neither team could score in the second inning, but New Mexico evened the game up at two all after a single up the middle brought in a run in the third inning. After a scoreless fourth inning for both teams, LBSU was able to break the tie in the fifth as Darian Tautalafua's fielder's choice brought in Brianna Stephan for the go-ahead run.
The 49ers tacked on three more runs in the top of the sixth after Nalani St. Germain's single to left field set up two unearned runs by The Beach (Hannah De Gaetano; Kimbrough). Tautalafua then singled to first base, bringing in Sandoval for the final score of the game as The Beach would go on to win 6-2. Erin Jones-Wesley pitched a complete game, giving up six hits, two runs and just one walk. St. Germain and Tautalafua led the team as both tallied two RBI.
LBSU 12, BYU 3 (6 innings)
BYU evened the game after a three-run home run in the top of the third, but the 49ers answered after a single by St. Germain brought in Hannah De Gaetano. Then, after a wild pitch, Sandoval was able to score a run putting the 49ers back on top 5-3.
Christian Carbajal came in to pitch in the top of the fourth, replacing Hansen, and took out the first three batters. The 49ers then went on offense and loaded the bases as Sandoval was up to bat. She got a hit and after a fielding error by BYU, Emily Gregorio and Carrasco came home to score. St. Germain then reached base on another fielding error and De Gaetano scored. Tautalafua then doubled down the right field line, bringing in St. Germain and Sandoval to give The Beach a 10-3 lead after four innings.
In the bottom of the sixth, Tautalafua homered to left field, which brought in two runs for the 49ers to extend their lead to 12-3, which would end the game due to the run rule. Carbajal got the win and improved to 4-0 on the season. She gave up just two hits in three innings pitched. Tautalafua led the team with a whopping six RBI on three at bats.
The 49ers are now 4-0 on the weekend and will play their final game on Sunday against Fresno State at 10:00 am at the U. of San Diego softball complex.
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