Long Beach State Loses To Defending Champs To Close First Day At Judi Garman Classic
The Beach returns to Fullerton on Saturday.
Fullerton, Calif. - Nichole Fry doubled to break up No. 3 Florida’s attempt at two straight perfect games on Thursday, the highlight in a 17-0 loss to the Gators on Thursday.
The two-time defending champions had thrown a perfect game against Iowa earlier in the day, and were similarly in control against Long Beach State (5-8-1) throughout much of the evening.
Amanda Lorenz led off the game with a solo home run for Florida (17-1), but LBSU starter Skie Munoz got out of the inning with no further damage.
The Beach was set down in order in the bottom of the first, and Florida broke the game open in the second inning, capitalizing on three walks and an error along with a pair of hits to bring home six runs in the inning.
Six more runs came across in the third inning, and four more scored in the fourth before the Beach turned to Christina Clermont to stifle the Gator offense. The senior pitched the final two innings, and every out she collected was via a strikeout while allowing two hits and no runs.
Fry’s fourth inning double broke up Kelly Barnhill’s attempt at a perfect game, but she finished off the complete game shutout with nine strikeouts on the evening.
Long Beach State will take tomorrow off from competition, and return Saturday for the team’s third game at the Judi Garman Classsic, facing No. 14 Michigan at 2:30 p.m. in Fullerton.
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